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on our broadcast tonight, emergency response. there are big changes on the way as the head of the cdc admits mistakes. he says more could have been done, more should have been done to prevent that nurse from contracting ebola. tornado warnings. a dangerous night ahead as a big storm system is moving east. air scare at 30,000 feet when suddenly the walls of a commercial jetliner started to crack and buckle. and buying time for a growing number of women who want to have a baby but perhaps not just yet. apple and facebook tonight are offering to pay for their women employees who elect to freeze their eggs. "nightly news" begins now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. good evening.
the head of the cdc said today they could have done a better job than how they have handled cases of ebola. in fact, he admitted the government has made mistakes in its effort to control the virus. mistakes that may have led to a nurse getting sick. and today the cdc pledged to do better. mostly through the use of rapid response teams dispatched to any hospital within hours where cases of ebola show up. the good news today, the nurse who contracted ebola from a patient who later died is in good condition tonight. in fact, it's where we begin. our national correspondent kate snow remains at the hospital in dallas. kate, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. starting today anyone who walks into an emergency room in this country with ebola, then a specialized team, as you mentioned, will be deployed by the cdc ready to move that patient if necessary to another hospital. all of this coming too late for the nurse being treated here. a stark admission today.
nurse nina pham might never have gotten sick if the cdc had immediately sent a rapid response team of infection control experts to dallas as soon as thomas eric duncan tested positive. >> i wish we had put a team like this on the ground the day the patient, the first patient, was diagnosed. that might have prevented this infection. >> reporter: today we heard from nina pham directly. "i'm doing well" she said in a written statement "and want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers." in her statement she defended texas health presbyterian hospital dallas saying she was bless to be cared for by the best team of doctors and nurses in the world. but because pham was somehow infected while wearing protective gear, the cdc said today it will now monitor 76 hospital staff in addition to the four dozen already being monitored in the community. >> our teams have been working very hard to cast a wide net and identify everyone who might have been exposed. that includes anyone who went into the room and that includes
people who might have handled specimens of blood that were taken from him. >> reporter: pham was certified to work as a critical care nurse less than two months before helping treat duncan's deadly ebola, raising questions. >> i think we need to select those health care workers who are most experienced and, most importantly, have undergone extensive training for how to safely provide care for those patients. >> reporter: e-mails from nbc news asking the hospital to clarify nina pham's experience and role on the team have gone unanswered. the last time any doctor from the hospital spoke on camera was early sunday morning. >> we can't discuss any further details of the situation. >> reporter: this afternoon a surreal scene. haz-mat teams preparing a new home for pham's dog bentley who is being monitored by a veterinarian although scientists aren't even sure if dogs can contract ebola. the man who came into contact with pham is here hospitalized but said to have no symptoms. brian, of the 48 people also
being monitored because they came into contact with duncan, none of them have shown symptoms. and frieden said today they've gone through the highest risk period now for ebola. >> kate, thank you. kate snow starting us off from dallas tonight. if there's anyone who knows what this nurse in dallas is going through, it's dr. kent brantly. he's one of the handful of americans who have contracted ebola and lived to tell about it. now he's also able to do something about it. it's his blood that is able to help patients like the young nurse in dallas. nbc's tom costello has our report. >> reporter: it's been ten weeks since dr. kent brantly walk into emory university fighting for his life. he himself had received a blood transfusion from a 14-year-old ebola survivor who he treated back in liberia. >> it is great. it is great to be here. >> reporter: brantly has donated roughly a gallon of his own blood to save others. dallas nurse nina pham. nbc cameraman ashoka mukpo and fellow dr. rick sacra.
>> i appreciate dr. kent brantly, my dear colleague and friend, for his willingness to come all the way here to donate his plasma to help in my recovery. >> reporter: the blood of ebola survivors like dr. brantly is loaded with antibodies that just fought off the disease. in a blood transfusion, the donor's plasma is separated from red blood cells and given to the ebola patient in the hope that those antibodies will then kickstart the patient's immune system. >> you're trying to impart on the patient that advantage that dr. brantly now has in his own blood of these powerful proteins called antibodies which can block the virus. >> reporter: but the patient's blood type must match the donor's. dr. brantly was not a match for thomas duncan who died in dallas last week. still, it's not clear what works best, the transfusions, experimental drugs or the intensive care. >> i think we don't know whether the blood transfusion will or will not have a beneficial effect at this time in and of itself.
it very well may in the context of other treatments. >> reporter: doctors believe someone who has survived ebola has the most antibodies to the virus in the months immediately after surviving, which means dr. brantly's antibodies are the most potent potentially right now. brian? >> tom costello in our d.c. newsroom tonight. tom, thanks. now to the weather making news. another dangerous night ahead for nearly 30 million americans as an already deadly outbreak of severe weather moves to the north and east. you see it there. a huge system already spawning tornadoes. the watches and warnings will continue throughout this night. nbc meteorologist dylan dreyer monitoring it all from charlotte. >> reporter: from alabama to the carolinas, a massive storm system packing high winds and heavy rain pushed its way across the southeast today. it spawned two tornadoes in the metro atlanta area. >> people's houses are just totally gone. they're having to rummage through their stuff. >> reporter: wesley cagle's family felt their house shake at 6:00 this morning.
broken tree limbs punctured the house. fortunately, no one was hurt. >> let's just look at how strong those winds are. >> reporter: tornado warnings sounded across north carolina today. >> take shelter right now. >> reporter: in lawndale, an hour west of charlotte, high schoolers forced from class to hunker down in a hallway. this storm spread 800 miles across more than a dozen states. at least ten tornadoes have been confirmed and hundreds of severe weather reports. two people were killed. a 75-year-old woman died after a tree fell on her home in alabama. and in arkansas, neighbors are rallying around a family of a marine who died after an ef-2 tornado tore through his family's home. his wife remains in critical condition. his three children are okay. now, here in charlotte, a tornado watch remains in effect until 10:00 tonight. in fact, severe storms are still possible from west virginia down down into florida tonight. now, tomorrow we are going to lose the threat of tornadoes. however, through the mid-atlantic up into the northeast, we could still see
strong storms produce wind gusts in excess of 50 miles per hour and also produce some flash flooding. i want to quickly point out a major hurricane right now also in the atlantic. this is a category 3 hurricane gonzalo. with winds at near 115 miles per hour. as of right now, forecasts indicate it could hit bermuda as a category 3 hurricane on friday. brian? >> dylan, thanks. dylan dreyer in charlotte tonight. as we said at the top of the broadcast, white-knuckle fliers beware. a scare for 190 passengers and crew on board an american airlines flight from san francisco to dallas when suddenly there was a series of loud banging noises, then an even bigger fright for passengers when they realized the interior wall of the plane began to crack. our report on this tonight from nbc's miguel almaguer. >> reporter: this is the midair scare passengers came face-to-face with. it ended safely, but shortly after takeoff, the wall of this
american airlines 757 cracked. >> all of a sudden there were loud popping and ripping noise. >> reporter: frightened passengers headed from san francisco to dallas/ft. worth monday alert the cabin crew. tense moments in the sky. >> both sides of the cabin started ripping in and tearing in. and everybody started screaming and shouting. >> reporter: passengers say the flight crew kept the nearly 200 aboard calm. the pilot radioed the tower. >> we're in an emergency airplane. >> reporter: the plane is turning back. emergency personnel are on alert. >> normal rollout but fire equipment standing by. >> reporter: airborne for an hour, the jet safely touches down back in san francisco. american airlines says they're investigating a possible blown air duct and a few of the interior wall panels cracked or came loose. the cabin never lost pressure and the oxygen masks were not deployed. still, this was a flight and a sight most will never forget. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. now, from news overseas to
the largest yet u.s.-led assault on the syrian city of kobani. the target here isis militants over the past two days. 21 separate air strikes near the city which is very close to the turkish border. a third of kobani remains under control of isis. meanwhile, here in the u.s., on a secure facility on the grounds of andrews air force base, military leaders from 22 different nations have gathered to strategize against isis. president obama emerged from this session to warn once again of a long campaign ahead to defeat the enemy. just three weeks from tonight we could witness a dramatic shift of power in this country. control of the u.s. senate is up for grabs, and even if there isn't a senate race where you live, these midterm elections could affect everything from national security to health care to how much we pay in taxes. one of the biggest and most closely watched contests is in kentucky. our senior white house correspondent chris jansing has
our report. >> send alison to the senate. >> reporter: from the start of her campaign democrats thought alison lundergan grimes was a strong bet to beat the top republican in the senate, mitch mcconnell. then this. >> did you vote for president obama? >> this election isn't about the president. >> did you vote for him? >> i respect the sanctity of the ballot box. >> you are not going to answer? >> again, i don't think the president is on the ballot. >> reporter: seven times in seven days she refused to say if she voted for the president, including last night during the only debate of this close race. >> you won't answer that question tonight? >> every kentuckian has the right for privacy at the ballot box. >> reporter: when the white house tried to make light of it all. >> i'll tell you that i voted for the president. >> reporter: but the democratic senate campaign committee which has put $2 million into the race, seems to be giving up on her. they stopped paying for ads. and other democrats are using their own air time to distance themselves from the president. >> i told the president no to special treatment for congress.
>> he took the white house to task for the disastrous health care website. >> i'll make sure president obama gets the message. >> reporter: so while president obama raised millions at 50 fund-raisers this year, they're behind closed doors. most candidates don't want a photo op with an unpopular president. >> he'll have to pick his spots where he can make a difference and he's going to have to tolerate some of these indignities along the way. >> reporter: supporters of alison lundergan grimes point out that the president's approval rating is just 41%. they think her refusal to answer is smart. the president does have some campaign appearances coming up starting tomorrow in connecticut. >> chris jansing at the white house for us. chris, thanks. which brings us to chuck todd, our political director. moderator of "meet the press." with us in the studio. chuck, let's put it this way, three weeks to go, give us three races to watch. >> normally the president's unpopularity should be enough for republicans to get control of the senate. but three races i'm watching that are the big hurdles. one of their hurdles is organization. no state's more emblematic of
the democratic party organizational advantage than iowa. there's a very close race. the democrat bruce braley, the republican joni ernst. as iowa senate goes, so goes control of the united states senate. it's negative, it's nasty, like every other race. then there are two other races that present a unique hurdle for the republicans. that's kansas and south dakota. independent candidates are surging. in kansas greg orman. in south dakota, it's a former republican senator turned independent larry pressler. both of them could basically steal what were republican sure bets for the u.s. senate. complicates the map. and in many ways these independent races are actually more emblematic of where the country is. they're ticked off at both parties and they want to figure out how to punish both parties. and kansas and iowa have the vehicle. that's what's to watch. >> we'll see you three weeks from now, but a lot between now and then. >> yes, sir. >> still ahead for us tonight in business news, the story that ruled the day. freezing their eggs until they decide the time is right.
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american companies to pay for women who elect to freeze their eggs. it's a choice more women, more couples are making, and today's news could indeed be a game changer. we get the reaction tonight from nbc's stephanie gosk. >> reporter: fertility science has gone through a revolution, radically changing the landscape for women who want to have children. two tech giants are offering a benefit that just two years ago was deemed no longer experimental. egg freezing. apple and facebook will offer up to $20,000 when done for nonmedical reasons. each round costs around $10,000. storage roughly $500 a year.eez
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