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Video: Watch Nina Pham, First Nurse With Ebola, In Emotional Sendoff At Hospital

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Nina Pham, the first Dallas nurse to be infected with Ebola, appears in this video released by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

On Thursday, Nina Pham departed Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital for the National Institutes of Health in Maryland. Before she left, her physician, Dr. Gary Weinstein, recorded a conversation with her. Pham asked Presbyterian to share the video. Watch it below.

Pham was the first Dallas nurse to be infected with Ebola. 

It's an emotional sendoff. 

“Thanks for being a part of the volunteer team to take care of our first patient,” Weinstein told Pham as she rested in her hospital bed. “It means a lot. This has been a huge effort by all of you guys.”

Pham nodded.

“We’re really proud of you,” he said.

She responded: “Come to Maryland, everybody."

“Party in Maryland,” he said.

Pham grabbed tissues.

“There’s no crying,” Weinstein said. “Happy tears are OK.”

“I love you guys,” she said.

The doctor responded: “We love you, Nina.”

Watch the video here:

Earlier in the day, Pham sent out a statement through Presbyterian.

“I’m so thankful for the outpouring of love and support from friends and family, my coworkers and complete strangers," Pham said. "I feel very blessed, and have gained strength from their support. I appreciate everything that my coworkers have done to care for me at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. I’m doing really well thanks to this team, which is the best in the world. I believe in my talented coworkers."  

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Catch up on Thursday's Ebola developments here.

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Eric Aasen is KERA’s managing editor. He helps lead the station's news department, including radio and digital reporters, producers and newscasters. He also oversees, the station’s news website, and manages the station's digital news projects. He reports and writes stories for the website and contributes pieces to KERA radio. He's discussed breaking news live on various public radio programs, including The Takeaway, Here & Now and Texas Standard, as well as radio and TV programs in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.