President Obama Gives Big Hug To U.S. Nurse Who Survived Ebola (SNAPSHOT)

President Obama Gives Big Hug To U.S. Nurse Who Survived Ebola (SNAPSHOT)

By Wires | The Trent on October 24, 2014
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President Obama talks with Dallas nurse Nina Pham at the Oval Office in Washington on Friday, October 24, 2014 (Photo Credit: Larry Downing/Reuters)

President Barack Obama gave a big hug on Friday to Nina Pham, the Dallas nurse who survived a bout with Ebola.

Obama met Pham in the Oval Office shortly after her release from a nearby hospital after recovering from the virus.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama brought Pham in for a meeting to recognize her for doing her job at a Dallas hospital, where she fell ill while caring for an Ebola-stricken patient who eventually died.

“She was doing the work that many nurses do on a daily basis and she did so even though it did put her at some risk,” Earnest told reporters.

Photographs of the meeting showed Obama hugging Pham. Reporters and television cameras were not allowed in for the meeting.

Earnest noted that Pham had been tested five times to ensure she was clear of Ebola before being released.

Obama, he said, was “not at all concerned” that he might come under risk of contracting Ebola by hugging Pham.

Obama hugs Nina Pham in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Oct. 24, 2014 (Photo Credit: Evan Vucci/Associated Press)
Obama hugs Nina Pham in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Oct. 24, 2014 (Photo Credit: Evan Vucci/Associated Press)
Obama hugs Nina Pham in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Oct. 24, 2014 (Photo Credit: Saul Loeb/AFP - Getty Images)
Obama hugs Nina Pham in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Oct. 24, 2014 (Photo Credit: Saul Loeb/AFP – Getty Images)

(via Metro US)

 

 

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