On Oct. 24, the National Institute of Health held an informal news conference to declare Nina Pham, who has been treated for Ebola, free from Ebola. Outside the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Ms. Pham made a brief speech, thanking Dr. Brantley who donated to her his blood plasma (which has Ebola virus antibodies) as well as people who helped her in many different ways. Later, she visited President Obama in his Oval Office. As she was hugged by President Obama, Ms. Pham looked genuinely happy. Meanwhile, on previous day, the parents of Amber Vinson, another Dallas nurse who had contracted Ebola, reported that she was free of Ebola, though official announcement has not been made yet. It was quite reassuring to hear the news of these recoveries: many Americans, who were on the brink of panic, particularly after coming to know that one of the Doctors Without Borders was tested positive of Ebola virus in New York City, on Oct 23, must feel much better about the strength and effectiveness of American medicine.
Judging from the several NY Times reports, including “Treating Ebola: The Hunt for a Drug” and “Ebola Facts: How Many Ebola Patients Have Been Treated Outside Africa,” currently there is no known fail-safe method for curing Ebola; however, if a person who contracts Ebola is healthy and if he/she is treated for Ebola at the early stage of the disease, he/she will likely recover from the disease. This condition for the recovery from the terrible disease seems so generic and applicable to any number of infectious diseases. Nevertheless, it is clear that the doctor of the DWB, who is now quarantined at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, seems to have a good prognosis.
“Need and struggle are what excite and inspire us…”
William James “Is Life Worth Living?”