This morning nurse Nina Pham was declared to be free of the Ebola virus that she had contracted while attending the late Thomas Eric Duncan. The folks over at D’s Frontburner questioned whether Nina should be considered to be a hero.
All healthcare workers, like first responders, are everyday heroes whom we too often take for granted. No parades are held for them. Medals are rarely given out. And while they never know what the day holds, they do know their calling is to help others.
As for Nina, in addition to be part of heroic profession, she has shown courage, intelligence, optimism and class throughout this life-threatening ordeal. Thanks to reports from her family, friends and the medical team and updates about her pooch Bentley, the worldwide community felt like they got to know her and the spirit that the disease could not damage. What they discovered was a person who truly showed grace under fire.
So, is Nina Pham a hero? It depends on your definition of a hero. She fits our definition pretty darn well.