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Ebola patient Nina Pham in fair condition at NIH
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BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Ebola stricken nurse Nina Pham is now at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda getting the critical care she needs. Pham is one of two nurses who cared for Ebola patient Thomas Duncan, who passed away from the virus.

Nina Pham is inside a NIH clinical studies unit that can hold up to two patients at a time. Pham is receiving around the clock care from highly trained, experienced doctors and nurses in the world's largest hospital dedicated to clinical research. Pham will be seen by 10 nurses a day who are working in 12 hour shifts. Patients call NIH the house of hope, nurses say there's no other hospital like it.

National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci said that "we have intensiveness and infectious disease experts who on a daily basis not with standing Ebola, take care of the sickest possible patients. Our main concern is the health and recovery of Nina."

Pham traveled from Dallas to Maryland on Thursday evening. With assistance, she walked off the plane in full protective gear. She arrived at NIH close to midnight.

Fauci acknowledged that it was a big trip for the patient: "she had a long trip, a trip that was quite tiring. We assisted her. She was in a stretcher with a tent over it. It's for optimum protection for the people in the ambulance and we had with her intensive care physicians dressed in the appropriate protective equipment which brought her out."

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Dr. Rick Davey, the Deputy Clinical Director said that Pham is "Resting comfortably. She's interacting with the staff. She is eating. Shes able to interact freely and doing quite well."

Fauci says Pham will be here for the foreseeable future until he believes she is well and clear of the virus.

"She is fatigued. This is a virus that wreaks havoc on your body. You could be getting better, have decrease in vomiting and diarrhea. This virus knocks you out. we fully intend to have this patient walk out of this hospital. We will do everything we possibly can to make it happen", Fauci said.

Pham's sister and mother are also here for support.


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