Nurse Nina Pham Suing Dallas Hospital over Ebola Transmission

Nina Pham, one of two nurses who contracted Ebola while caring for patient Thomas Eric Duncan last fall, will file suit against Texas Health Resources, her hospital’s parent company.

“I wanted to believe that they would have my back and take care of me, but they just haven’t risen to the occasion,” Pham told the Dallas Morning News, alleging the hospital’s lack of preparedness rendered her “a symbol of corporate neglect — a casualty of a hospital system’s failure to prepare for a known and impending medical crisis.”

“Nina Pham bravely served Texas Health Dallas during a most difficult time,” Texas Health Resources replied in a statement. “We continue to support and wish the best for her, and we remain optimistic that constructive dialogue can resolve this matter.”

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Pham recovered from the virus, in part thanks to a blood transfusion from Dr. Kent Brantley, who beat Ebola after returning from west Africa. Duncan eventually succumbed to complications from the virus; Dallas Presbyterian reached a settlement with his family last November.

Dallas Presbyterian’s Ebola response procedures were faulted for inadequate training, poorly-enforced safety procedures, and lack of communication with the CDC. Pham and fellow nurse Amber Vinson represented two first two instances of Ebola transmission in the United States, though Duncan remains the only stateside fatality.

[h/t Dallas Morning News]

[Image via Nina Pham]

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