Second Dallas Ebola patient is a TCU alumna


    The Dallas nurse diagnosed with Ebola graduated from Texas Christian University in 2010, according to an email from TCU’s Director of Strategic Communications, Lisa Albert. The nurse has been identified by a family member as 26-year-old Nina Pham.

    Albert would not confirm the nurse’s name citing federal privacy laws. 

    Pham graduated from the BSN nursing program. The email states that TCU does not believe the alumna has been on campus recently.

    Pham was a member of the Kappa Eta chapter of Sigma Kappa Sorority for a brief time at TCU. A prayer vigil, led by Rev. Erin Taylor, TCU and Sigma Kappa alumna, was held in Pham’s honor Tuesday night at Robert Carr Chapel.

    “It’s important to reach out to our community who may be in question, who may be scared, and just remind them that God is here, God is present with us and guides us,” Taylor said.

    The TCU rugby team also reached out to Pham and her family by signing a card for the Dallas nurse after practice Tuesday night. Shay Flowers, the head rugby coach, said even though Pham has graduated, she is still a part of the Horned Frog family.

    “We wanted to just help her, to give her that boost,” Flowers said. “Beyond anything else, she has our support and she has our prayers.”

    During her time at TCU, Pham was involved in Frog Camp and was a member Sigma Theta Tau International, a nursing honors society. According to the society’s website, undergraduate students must have at least a 3.0 GPA to qualify for membership.

    Pham also graduated from Fort Worth Nolan Catholic High School prior to attending TCU, according to Annette Kearns, Nolan’s director of communications. 

    TCU has established a committee overseeing the health center and other relevant areas in order to “monitor the virus in the Dallas area and the health of the campus environment,” according to Albert’s email. 

    The nurse is being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas where she worked caring for the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, Thomas Eric Duncan.  Duncan died from the disease last week.

    Pham is the first person to contract the disease in the U.S.

    The story has been updated to reflect the most recent information as of 10/15/14 at 9 a.m.