NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — An emergency room doctor who was the first Ebola patient in New York City has been released from the hospital after beating the virus.
Declaring “New York City is Ebola free,” Mayor Bill de Blasio hugged Dr. Craig Spencer after he walked out of Bellevue Hospital Tuesday as medical team members cheered and applauded.READ MORE: Tri-State Area Police Departments Travel To Harlem In Tribute To Fallen NYPD Officer Jason Rivera
“It is a good feeling to hug a hero and we have a hero here in our midst,” de Blasio said. “Someone who served others no matter how much danger and he has been an inspiration throughout the challenges he’s faced.”
The 33-year-old physician was released 19 days after he was diagnosed with the virus. He said he’s a living example for how medical protocols can work to stop disease from spreading.
“Today I am healthy and no longer infectious,” Spencer said. “My early detection, reporting and now recovery from Ebola speaks to the effectiveness of the protocols that are in place for health staff returning from West Africa.”