1st nurse infected with Ebola delivers a cheerful video message

In this frame grab taken from video provided by Texas Health Resources, Nina Pham, who contracted Ebola after treating a Liberian man, is told not to cry at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, before being flown to the National Institutes of Health outside Washington. Pham is shown in the video — posted online by the hospital's parent company — smiling as she sits upright in a hospital bed while a man identified as her treating physician can be heard thanking her for getting well and being part of the volunteer team that took care of the first patient. (AP Photo/Texas Health Resources, Dr. Gary Weinstein)

DALLAS (AP) — The first nurse to be diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected Liberian man at a Dallas hospital has been transferred to the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center near Washington for treatment in a specialized isolation unit.

But before nurse Nina Pham left Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, she delivered a video message from her Dallas hospital room, which was posted online.

In the video, the 26-year-old is sitting up in her hospital bed and is smiling and talking. She says “Come to Maryland. Everybody,” and laughs into the camera before wiping away tears with a tissue handed by an attendant in full protective gear.

Her attending physician tells her that everyone is proud of her.

Pham was transported from the hospital by ambulance and escorted onto an executive jet in Dallas. And upon arrival in Maryland last night, she was able to gingerly walk down the stairs of the plane into a waiting ambulance.

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