Nina Pham

On a more serious note, I wanted to take a moment to discuss Nina Pham and offer our readers an opportunity to give their well wishes. Nina Pham is one of two nurses who contracted the deadly virus Ebola while caring for Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who passed away on October 8th, was the first patient in the United States to be diagnosed with the virus on September 30th. Nina Pham, the brave 26 year old Vietnamese nurse from Fort Worth, Texas who as of the time I’m writing this, is currently in fair condition and has been transported to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland after spending the last few days in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian.

I want to wish Nina a speedy recovery from this disease. My thoughts and prayers go out to her, her family, as well as to Amber Joy Vinson, who is the second nurse that contracted Ebola after treating Mr. Duncan. This incident also raises concerns about how we’re handling those traveling from countries with deadly disease outbreaks and the monitoring of those who may care for them.

Edit: As of October 24, 2014, Nina is free of the Ebola virus, and has made her way back home after being discharged. On the way, she made a visit to the White House and met with President Barack Obama, so I’m glad to see that she’s recovered and appreciate the readers here who gave their well wishes.

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  1. Nik2’s avatar

    Brave woman. Same goes for the other infected nurse, Ms.Vinson. They are no different from firemen running into burning building. Take care of people first. Ask questions later. Nina is fighter. I hope she pulls through.

  2. Mike’s avatar

    I do hope Nina Pham and Amber Vinson pull through.
    What about the drug that the first two patients [the two doctors]received that apparently worked? Isnt it being reproduced ?

  3. Avatar of wingsfan19

    It’s a shame that they weren’t given the proper PPE, but I’ll bet no one at the hospital ever thought they’d be actually treating an Ebola patient. From the new reports I’ve read, it sounds like Nina should be able to recover, which is of course great news. Best wishes to her and to Amber.

  4. Avatar of Luke

    I read she had only been qualified to work with high risk patients for 2 months. Her dedication and sacrifice for her job is remarkable. I also read that Duncan knowingly hid his exposure on customs declarations. I’m not sure that I would act differently in the same situation but I hope I would.

    It is great to hear she is getting better, I fear it is only the tip of the iceberg.

  5. xiugut’s avatar

    this website has reached an all time low. this isnt a news site. when you post news on this site with naked bimbos in the margin you reach a new low. i thought the HK protest (a place near and dear to me btw) was a new low. nope. this is.

  6. Agent P’s avatar

    The last news of Ms. Pham from ~about 7 days ago, was that her condition had been Downgraded from ‘good’ to ‘fair’. What that means is difficult to say. A bump in the road hopefully.

    Also, as a side note, Ms. Vinson Knowingly boarded flight 1143 with an elevated temperature. Yes, she did contact the CDC beforehand and Yes, the CDC did clear her to travel. Was that a wise choice by the CDC or Ms. Vinson herself? I leave that for your conscience and judgement to decide.

  7. Nik2’s avatar

    Duncan arrived to US expecting a cure. Now his family claim he was denied proper medical care because he was black & had no insurance. Well, they had no idea what caused his high fever, as until now ebola was some exotic disease in Africa. Nina’s pet dog is quarantined too. When a Spanish nurse was diagnosed with ebola, her pooch was immediately put down. Here, the dog is well cared for, since (my guess) it would be damaging news for Nina if her healthy pet was hastily killed. She needs all the support she can get. She’s getting blood transfusion from a first doctor that was infected in Africa. In weird twist of fate, all people infected have exactly same blood type.

  8. Avatar of Dr. Lee

    xiugut,

    I’m sorry you to hear you feel this way, but this was perhaps our most requested post ever, and we have always had a news category. Why is it that people think that just because you have some nudity on your site, you cant talk about anything serious or meaningful? And why must naked girls be bimbos?

    My very best wishes and hopes (as an atheist I can’t pray) to Ms Pham.

  9. Avatar of wingsfan19

    Dr. Lee,

    While I can see a bit of awkwardness in covering news stories here (this story wouldn’t have even been mentioned if Nina Pham wasn’t Asia), I think the important aspect is the tone and manner in which the subject is covered. I believe Asian Sirens has covered this story in a very respectful and tasteful manner. It would be different if someone had scoured the web looking for sexy photos of nurse Pham, or posted disparaging words regarding her looks, but neither of these have happened.

    I can also understand that nurse Pham and/or her family might not be comfortable with appearing on this site, even though I don’t believe they should be so.

    Wishes and hopes never quite seem like enough, do they Doc? Perhaps “If I believed in prayer, I’d be praying for you.”

  10. j smith’s avatar

    I think even those who enjoy naked bimbos can have feelings for situations of great concern.

    God bless Nina and all others who put it all on the line to take care of us.

  11. Avatar of French

    My oldest friend is an atheist, an insomniac, and a dyslexic. He lies awake at night wondering if there is a Dog. That’s my joke for the day- Thanks, I’ll be here all week :)

    @xiugut: I greatly enjoyed the HK protest post from a few days ago. Asian women can be political organizers, mothers, nurses, bimbos, singers, etc…. always like it when AS spotlights a politician here, instead of a serial Facebook poster. Plenty of websites where Asian women are nothing more than sex objects- this is NOT one of those sites.

    I am happy that Asian Sirens recently focused on a nurse and the HK protesters. Being a nurse or an organizer makes them a Siren in my book.

    As for Nina here, everything that I have read about her leads me to believe that she is a very special person. No bimbo Facebook photos of her clutching LV handbags and leading a soul-less existence. She matters! She counts! She has impact.

    Get well soon, Nina, and I look forward to your news interviews at home a month from now. God, I hope she has a Texas accent!

  12. Avatar of French

    By the way, for the record I am “pro-Naked Bimbo”. I am also “pro-Naked non-Bimbo”. I am also “pro-Clothed non-Bimbo”.

    But I am against Clothed Bimbos. I mean, what is the point?

  13. Avatar of Luke

    I’m interested in people’s views re news related posts. It had been suggested that we do more but they seem to really offend some readers. I like them as a change up but what about you, yea or nay?

  14. Quyen’s avatar

    She’s beautiful inside and out!

  15. Avatar of Dr. Lee

    Luke,

    Given the number of requests for this post, I think our readers have already answered that question! I have no intention of dropping these types of posts anyway.

  16. Avatar of H.D.30-06

    News today is Nina Pham has been upgraded to good condition. Amber Vinson is also improving.

  17. Avatar of Dr. Lee

    H.D.30-06,

    Fantastic! Thanks for the update.

  18. Avatar of wingsfan19

    French wrote:
    By the way, for the record I am “pro-Naked Bimbo”.I am also “pro-Naked non-Bimbo”.I am also “pro-Clothed non-Bimbo”.

    But I am against Clothed Bimbos.I mean, what is the point?

    LMFAO!

    But seriously, what’s with xiugut automatically assuming that the women featured here are all bimbos? That’s way more demeaning than what he’s accusing Asian Sirens of.

  19. Avatar of Dr. Lee

    wingsfan19 wrote:
    But seriously, what’s with xiugut automatically assuming that the women featured here are all bimbos? That’s way more demeaning than what he’s accusing Asian Sirens of.

    Indeed—I know one of the “naked bimbos” in the left column personally (Sachiko), and while she certainly isn’t afraid to be naked, she’s actually anything but a bimbo.

  20. Jeremy’s avatar

    The website says Asian Sirens: Discover and discuss beautiful asian women. Are you kidding me? If I was Nina Pham, I certainly wouldn’t want my image plastered on such a site.

    How thick do you have to be to understand that it’s one thing to talk about news stories (I’m not even sure why that’s requested on this site) but it’s another to post the image of an Ebola patient on a site surrounded with images and ads for, face it, generally nude, asian women.

    Lastly: no one is saying any woman on this site is a “bimbo”. I certainly have respect for any woman or man of subject on this site. But ask yourself this: Do you think Nina Pham wants to be featured on this site?

  21. Avatar of Dr. Lee

    Jeremy,

    How the f*** is this post incompatible with our motto? It doesn’t say naked Asian women—it says beautiful Asian women. And whatever you may think of her physical appearance, any woman who has done what Nina has done is beautiful in my book.

    I think this is more about the hang-ups many Americans have with sex and nudity than anything else—I don’t think most Europeans would have a problem with this.

  22. lrcfan’s avatar

    Jeremy has a valid point. It has nothing to do with the AS motto, or intentions of various people.

    Nina Pham did not choose to be a public figure. She, or her family, might be offended, no matter what the individual attitudes the posters and commenters here express.

    I recall AS removing posts previously. IIRC, one was because a model did not want to be associated with a site that included nudity and even featured porn stars. Another was because she was underage, and even though her pictures were clean enough to post, they didn’t belong on this site.

    Perhaps AS might be interested in creating a second site for news topics, with a link from the AS site, but not vice versa.

  23. Avatar of Dr. Lee

    lrcfan,

    If we didn’t post things because somebody might be offended, this site wouldn’t exist. Nor would any other news and information site for that matter. And that is essentially what this site is: a news and information site on the subject of Asian women.

    It is true that Nina hasn’t chosen to be a public figure, but she is, and that means exposure in various forms of media. Once again, Asian Sirens is no different from any other news and information site in this respect.

    We will take a post down if somebody has a good reason for not wanting to be featured (the one you cite is not good enough in itself), but we have absolutely no legal responsibility to do so—we’re just trying to be helpful. We do have a legal responsibility to avoid posting any underage material, however.

  24. Avatar of H.D.30-06

    As of today both Nina Pham and Amber Vison are virus free.

  25. Avatar of Dr. Lee

    H.D.30-06,

    Wonderful! Thanks again for the update.

  26. Avatar of Candyman

    I’m glad that so many of you enjoyed this article. From my experience, there’s more people who are interested in discussing news stories versus discussing Asian women because we see them daily on here. And if that wasn’t the case, then there wouldn’t have been comments about Nina in articles that had nothing to do with her, which is why I wanted to write this and give people the opportunity to post their well wishes.

    I could understand if Nina took offense, but I don’t understand what some of guys are trying to find offense in. If the site or the ads were somehow offensive, then you wouldn’t be visiting this site and posting comments regardless of the articles posted.

    As for not wanting to be in the public spotlight, it’s too late because it’s news, so she’s already in that spotlight regardless of whether we cover it or not.

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