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Teresa Romero Ramos, Spanish Nurse Who Contracted Ebola, Leaves Hospital

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Spanish nurse Teresa Romero attends a meeting with the press before she leaves Carlos III Hospital after being discharged on November 5, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 05 Nov 2014 12:49 PM

Teresa Romero Ramos, the Spanish nursing assistant who contracted Ebola, was discharged from the hospital this week and thanked healthcare workers for saving her life while at the same time blasting officials who killed her beloved dog.

The 44-year-old Ramos issued a statement Wednesday as she was released from Madrid's Carlos III hospital after spending 30 days there, most of it in quarantine, according to The Associated Press.

Her husband, Javier Limon, read Ramos' remarks about Excalibur as she listened at his side, saying his wife was too emotional to talk about the dog that was like the childless couple's own child.

Madrid health officials euthanized Excalibur on Oct. 8, saying the dog posed a potential public health risk for Ebola transmission. But the dog of a nurse who got Ebola in Dallas was simply quarantined and then later reunited with its owner.

Killing Excalibur "wasn't necessary," Ramos said in her statement. "The worst part of all of this is that our dog was not given a chance."

Ramos said she still feels weak but praised her treatment team, hoped her recovery could help doctors figure out a cure for Ebola and offered to donate blood. Plasma from an Ebola survivor was among the treatments she received.

"If my blood works to cure people, I'm ready to give it to the last drop," she said.

Doctors said Ramos, who was critically ill for about a week, received various treatments and they were unable to say what ultimately worked.

Ramos helped treat two Spanish missionaries who died of Ebola in August and September after they were flown back from West Africa.

Doctors have said Ramos told them she might have become infected by touching a protective glove to her face. But Ramos said she did not "know what went wrong, or if anything went wrong."

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