“Ebola fighters,” including Nina Pham ’10, named TIME’s Person of the Year

time-ebola-cover-person-of-the-year-141222For their service in the face of incredible danger, the doctors, nurses and others who fought back against Ebola have been named TIME’s Person of the Year for 2014. Among these “Ebola fighters” is Dallas nurse and TCU alumna Nina Pham ’10, who became infected with the Ebola virus after treating a patient.

Pham, now healthy and Ebola-free, shared her personal experiences with TIME writer Alice Park for the magazine.

Selecting a Person of the Year is a TIME tradition dating back to 1927, and this year’s choice of the Ebola Fighters emphasizes the critical and often unsung role health care workers play. TIME editor Nancy Gibbs writes:

Nina Pham '10 (right) and Amber Vinson. Photo courtesy of TIME.

Nina Pham ’10 (right) and Amber Vinson. Photo courtesy of TIME.

“Not the glittering weapon fights the fight, says the proverb, but rather the hero’s heart.
Maybe this is true in any battle; it is surely true of a war that is waged with bleach and a prayer.”

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