The family of Amber Vinson released its first statement to the media Thursday night.

Vinson, a nurse from Dallas was diagnosed with Ebola Tuesday, just a day after flying from Cleveland to Dallas on Frontier Airlines.

The statement, release through Kent State University, comes from Lawrence Vinson, Amber’s uncle and the family spokesman.

The statement says:

“Our family has been overwhelmed with support and love for Amber and our extended family over the last 72 hours, and we thank you for those prayers and well wishes. Amber is stable, and we are continuing to work with her doctors as her treatment progresses. Amber is a respected professional and has always had a strong passion for nursing. She followed all of the protocols necessary when treating a patient in Dallas, and right now, she’s trusting in her doctors and nurses as she is now the patient. To that end, we ask that the media respect Amber’s privacy and that of our family during this overwhelming experience. The time will come down the road for more further public involvement, but for now, your continued love and prayers helps greatly.”


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