(Story updated at 1:30 p.m. ET.)
Nina Pham, the first Texas nurse who contracted Ebola virus while treating Liberian patient Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, was discharged from care, National Institutes of Health officials announced Friday morning.
Pham had been transferred Oct. 16 from Texas to the NIH clinical care center in Bethesda, Md.
Pham, now free of Ebola virus, appeared with NIH officials at the Friday morning briefing in front of the clinical care center.
“I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today,” she said.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in discussing Pham's treatment confirmed that beyond the plasma transfusion from Dr. Kent Brantly, who has survived the virus, she received no experimental drugs and that ultimately her own body fought off the virus.