Real-Time Captioning for Nina Pham Press Conference

Nina Pham

On Friday, October 24, NCC was tasked with the highly significant last-minute responsibility of providing real-time captioning for Nurse Nina Pham’s press conference at the NIH.  Pham, a nurse from Dallas, Texas who treated Liberian Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, was the first person in the United States to be infected with Ebola.  She arrived at NIH on October 16th.

Given a half-hour turnaround, NCC procured a captioner to provide accurate real-time captions for this important press conference, which ran for nearly 20 minutes.  The press conference streamed live on nih.gov and an archived version is available here.

After she was declared virus-free, the 26-year-old nurse stood alongside her sister and mother, NIH Director Frances Collins, NIAID Director Anthony Fauci and several other NIH doctors outside the NIH Clinical Center.  She thanked God, her family, and friends for helping her through her recovery, and expressed her desire to be reunited with her beloved dog Bentley.

We were privileged to do our part in making communication and collaboration happen® for NIH, as the Institute joins other agencies in providing updates and education to the American public on the Ebola virus.