Amidst loving squeezes and oohs and aahs (from her), and slobbery kisses and a wagging tail (from him), Nina Pham was reunited Saturday with her beloved King Charles spaniel and “best friend,” Bentley. “It feels like Christmas literally,” Pham said Saturday. “I just can’t imagine just having my best friend back. It’s an amazing feeling.” Pham is the Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola after caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first patient diagnosed in the United States.
Four days after Duncan died on October 8, Pham tested positive for the virus and was taken to the National Institutes of Health in Maryland for treatment. That meant leaving Bentley behind to face an uncertain fate.
Bentley, the dog of nurse Nina Pham, has been cleared of Ebola. In Spain, when a nurse’s assistant contracted Ebola, authorities decided to euthanize her dog, Excalibur. After Pham’s treatment for Ebola and Bentley’s quarantine, the two were reunitedSaturday. But Dallas officials decided against putting Bentley down, instead sending him into a 21-day quarantine — the incubation period for the deadly virus. Pham was discharged October 24. But not Bentley.