Another Ebola Survivor Credits Prayer Rather Than Medicine

One of the two Dallas nurses who contracted Ebola while caring for a Liberian patient with the disease says she got better because people were praying for her, not because she got proper medical care. I get so tired of this irrational nonsense.

“I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today,” Pham said in a press conference Oct. 24. “I would first and foremost like to thank God, my family and friends. Throughout this ordeal, I have put my trust in God and my medical team.”

Pham thanked everyone who had been involved in her care, both in Texas and Maryland. She offered special gratitude to Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly for donating plasma, calling it a “selfless act.”

“I believe in the power of prayer because I know so many people all over the world have been praying for me,” she continued. “I join you in prayer now for the recovery of others.”

Yeah, everyone with Ebola has people praying for them. You know which ones survive? The ones that get modern medical care, like you. Virtually everyone who has died from the disease has also “put their trust in God.” Why did God save you but not them? Are you more special than them for some reason? I know you think this is humility but it’s the exact opposite, it’s arrogance. It’s saying that God loved you more than the thousands of people who have died from the same thing you survived.

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  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    It was prayer. I, for one, prayed that she got first rate American healthcare. After that I was all tuckered out, and didn’t have the energy to pray for Liberians or whatever.

  • scienceavenger

    Thank God for ebola. Thank science for modern medicine.

  • John Pieret

    I have put my trust in God and my medical team

    She may trust God but she also wants modern medicine. She’s not completely stupid.

  • Sastra

    I know you think this is humility but it’s the exact opposite, it’s arrogance.

    I guess it’s the value of intermittent reinforcement. If God saved everyone who prayed to Him, then there would be no merit in looking humbly up to God in trust. No, God is instead like an abusive parent who strikes and neglects with what seems like little rhyme or reason … except that He’s watching YOU the whole time. When you are randomly rewarded, are you going to forget everything else? Are you going to go glassy-eyed with gratitude? If so, then you’ve passed the Stockholm Syndrome test.

    This upside-down view of arrogance/humility comes out of what I like to call the Playpen View of Reality. Just like a baby being constantly monitored, tested, rewarded and punished, the universe is all about YOU. Except that it can’t be — because you’re only a baby. The whole point of life, the universe, and playpen is for you to recognize your small and humble status and give all praise to the Higher Power. So where’s the arrogance? Everything revolves around you in order to make you humble. You’re learning to say ‘thank you.’ See?

    We atheists are noticing what it looks like from outside the system. It looks narcissistic. But from inside the Playpen View of Reality, inhabitants assume atheists and skeptics must be thinking they’re the daddies — and they’re NOT! And atheists don’t want to say “thank you” because they’re uppity.

  • lldayo

    God sent Ebola to kill the poor and give stronger faith to those more fortunate. How great is She!

  • raven

    Oddly enough, one MD who was cured and released from a Hi Tech treatment unit thanked his medical team and somehow forgot to mention the gods.

    The lesson is clear though. God loves rich Americans with modern science and medicine and hates poor West Africans.

  • http://anexerciseinfutility.blogspot.com tommykey

    Obviously, God loved Pham less because he wanted the ones who died from Ebola up in heaven with Him. #sarcasm

  • steve84

    The narcissism is nauseating and downright immoral. She believes that the creator of the universe cares about her while letting thousands of others die.

  • http://dailydouq.wordpress.com dailydouq

    As a medical professional I wonder if she really believes prayer had anything to do with her recovery or is it just words she mindlessly utters. Too many people just throw around customary phrases without really thinking about them (I personally hate “love you” as goodbye in a phonecall, really undermines any sincere meaning). At least she didn’t say prayers to who!

  • davefitz

    If she thinks prayer healed her, why the hell is she a nurse? She’s clearly obsolete.

  • anubisprime

    Could be the nurse was raised in an environment where such fatuous bollix is heartily approved of by others, it seems it is trotted out to impress peers and establish social ‘bona fides’ in front of authority figures in that community.

    Whether they actually believe completely in the nonsense they spout, at any seemingly opportune moment, is less clear!

  • magistramarla

    She is a nurse in Texas. I’ve had more dealings than I would like with the medical community in Texas, and Texas nurses, lab techs and medical office receptionists tend to be extreme god-botherers. Those types often offer to “pray for” me.

    One neurologist that performed my hubby’s back surgery has been making the circuit of tea party gatherings as a speaker. That knocked him off of my list when considering a doc for my upcoming spinal surgery. I simply can’t understand how a highly educated surgeon can be a science and climate change denier – disgusting!

    There is a large building on a busy corner of the near-by medical center called The Ecumenical Center for the Medical Arts.

    Medicine in Texas is saturated with religion.

  • lorn

    IMHO this is one of the greatest detriments bestowed upon humanity by religion, the inability to give credit where credit is due. When humanity and its institutions does good they should get credit and be encouraged to do more. But when all glory goes to God the people and systems that helped get no credit, and those that didn’t feel no shame.

  • Michael Heath

    dailydouq writes:

    As a medical professional I wonder if she really believes prayer had anything to do with her recovery or is it just words she mindlessly utters. Too many people just throw around customary phrases without really thinking about them (I personally hate “love you” as goodbye in a phonecall, really undermines any sincere meaning). At least she didn’t say prayers to who!

    I agree with Ed and Sastra’s conclusions for those who actually believe the swill they spew in such moments. However I also wonder how many fall people into the camp dailydouq describes. The motivation with victims of the latter, it seems to me, is to identify oneself with a particular tribe in hopes of getting that tribe to both recognize your existence and project their love onto you.

  • VP

    I wouldn’t eliminate the possibility that she didn’t even think about it, and it was simply an instinctual response (even if prepared). I’ve been an atheist for over 7 years now, and even to this day you will occasionally find m say “thank God” or “God willing” out of habit, when something good happens.