In a video released by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Nina Pham, the first person to contract the Ebola virus in the U.S., joked with her caretakers about her move to the National Institutes of Health in Maryland.
Pham boarded a G-3 jet at Dallas Love Field to fly to one of the few hospitals with a special isolation unit for Ebola treatment. Her physician, Dr. Gary Weinstein, recorded the video and posted it to YouTube with her permission.
“Come to Maryland, everybody!” Pham says to her co-workers and caretakers before shedding a few tears.
“I love you guys.”
The 26-year-old is one of two nurses at the Texas hospital to have contracted Ebola. Amber Vinson, who also treated Thomas Eric Duncan — the Ebola patient who flew from Liberia to the U.S. before exhibiting symptoms — tested positive for the highly contagious virus. She is now being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
Pham received a blood transfusion Monday from Dr. Kent Brantly. Brantly, the missionary who contracted Ebola in West Africa this summer, survived the deadly virus. Pham is said to be doing well as a result of the transfusion.
Watch her video message above.