ATLANTA- Former Ebola patient Amber Vinson on Tuesday asked the public to not lose focus on the thousands of families who are dealing with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Vinson spoke at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital, which treated her and is discharging her Tuesday.
The Northeast Ohio native thanked God, her doctors and her family for help in her recovery. She also asked for privacy as she heads home to Texas.
Vinson, who was diagnosed with Ebola after a trip to Ohio, no longer has the virus in her system.
Her mother, Debra Berry, said doctors can no longer detect the virus in Vinson’s body.
Vinson, who had been receiving treatment for Ebola at Emory Hospital in Atlanta, is also steadily regaining her strength and her spirits are high, her family said.
Vinson was diagnosed with Ebola after a visit to the Akron-area between Oct. 10 and Oct. 13. The Dallas nurse cared for the patient who died from the virus.
The Ohio Department of Health says there are no confirmed cases of Ebola in the state and three people are quarantined.
The full statement released by her family last week:
“Amber’s mother, Debra Berry, spoke to her just a few hours ago. Amber is steadily regaining her strength and her spirits are high. We are overjoyed to announce that, as of yesterday evening, officials at Emory University Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control are no longer able to detect virus in her body. She has also been approved for transfer from isolation. Amber remains under treatment within Emory’s Serious Communicable Diseases Unit.