FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The elation of Dallas health care worker Nina Pham’s loved ones reached new heights after she was declared Ebola free. Her safe return to Texas is the answer to the hopes of friends and family who prayed for two weeks that she would heal.
Two close friends of the Pham family, Christina Hoang and Kim Tran cried when they saw Nina on television Friday. Hoang and Tran belong to Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Fort Worth. For the last two weeks, the daily mass included prayers for Nina’s healing.
“Oh my goodness, it’s incredible. We’re so happy. The whole world is happy,” said Christina Hoang.
Deacon Michael Hoang says the pastor asked those present to now give thanks, and pray for the other people around the world suffering from Ebola.
“And continue to pray for our doctors and nurses. They are the heroes out there,” said the deacon.
The 26-year-old looked happy and healthy as she spoke to reporters outside the National Institutes of Health in Maryland. Her face was aglow later on when she received a hug from President Obama at the White House.
“She said she is so happy. So happy and we can tell, there’s no words to express it,” said Kim Tran.
Pham spoke humbly, surrounded by the medical team that helped her beat Ebola.
“I feel fortunate to stand here. I would like to thank god and family and friends. I reflect on how many others have not been so fortunate,” said Pham.
Doctors tested Pham five times for the virus before allowing her to travel back to Texas. All of the tests were negative.
“I said call us at the moment you arrive here and she said yes she will.”
With her mother and sister by her side, Pham is returning home to North Texas Friday night, on a chartered medical plane that will land at a business jet airport in Tarrant County.
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