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Spanish Ebola Nurse Leaves Hospital Still Mourning 'Executed' Dog

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A Spanish nursing assistant who recovered from Ebola credited health care workers with saving her life and offered Wednesday to donate blood to help cure others. Still, Teresa Romero slammed Spanish officials for killing her beloved dog, saying the mixed breed named Excalibur was unnecessarily "executed."

The 44-year-old Romero issued a statement as she was released from Madrid's Carlos III hospital after spending 30 days there, most of it in quarantine. Her husband, Javier Limon, read Romero's 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.

Image: Cured Ebola Nurse Teresa Romero Press Conference
Javier Limon kisses his wife, Spanish nurse's aide Teresa Romero, before she leaves Carlos III Hospital in Madrid on Nov. 5. Teresa Romero was the first person outside West Africa to contract Ebola when she tested positive on October 6.Pablo Blazquez Dominguez / Getty Images

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