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Texas nurse sues Dallas hospital over Ebola infection

Monday, March 02, 2015 - 01:23

Nurse Nina Pham, the first person infected with Ebola in the U.S., is suing the hospital where she contracted the deadly virus. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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It appeared to be a story with a happy ending. Last fall, 26-year-old Texas nurse Nina Pham -- the first person to contract Ebola in the U.S. -- made a full recovery.. ...and was welcomed by President Barack Obama to the Oval Office. But now she's suing her employer, Texas Health Resources. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NINA PHAM'S ATTORNEY, CHARLA ALDOUS, SAYING: "She wants answers. She wants transparency." Pham's attorney, Charla Aldous, says her client wasn't adequately prepared by hospital staff before helping treat Thomas Duncan -- the first Ebola patient in the U.S. -- when he arrived at her hospital. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NINA PHAM'S ATTORNEY, CHARLA ALDOUS, SAYING: "Before her nurse manager came to her and said you are about to receive this patient - Mr. Duncan - and he could possibly have Ebola - not one single person at Presbyterian Hospital or THR had ever uttered the word Ebola to Nina Pham. She received no training what so ever." Aldous says Pham wasn't given a hazmat suit until her third day treating Duncan. After he died, Pham tested positive for Ebola. Back in December, Pham said she was still recovering both physically and emotionally from the illness. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EBOLA SURVIVOR NINA PHAM SAYING: "I don't think people have realized how life-changing this experience has been ...." Pham also alleges her employer invaded her privacy after she was diagnosed. The hospital says it remains "optimistic that constructive dialogue" can resolve the matter.

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Texas nurse sues Dallas hospital over Ebola infection

Monday, March 02, 2015 - 01:23