Nurse Who Survived Ebola is Now Suing Texas Health

Nina Pham, the 26-year-old nurses who contracted Ebola while caring for an Ebola patient (who later died) , is filing a lawsuit against Texas Health Resources. 

Pham told the Dallas Morning News that she continues to suffer from insomnia and body aches.  She alleges that she was inadequately trained and was not offered the proper equipment to care for the patient safely.  She also stated that the facility violated her privacy "a symbol of corporate neglect — a casualty of a hospital system's failure to prepare for a known and impending medical crisis."

Mr. Duncan was the first person in the U.S to be diagnosed with Ebola after traveling from West Africa.  Pham told the paper that the hospital didn't have the proper protective gear and they were negligent, failing to adequately train the healthcare workers and develop the necessary policies and procedures. 

 

"I was the last person besides Mr. Duncan to find out he was positive," she told the Morning News. "You'd think the primary nurse would be the first to know."

Pham's attprney told the paper that Texas Health Resources "used Nina as a PR pawn."

Wendell Watson, a spokesman for Texas Health Resources, refused to answer questions related to the case, but said: "Nina Pham bravely served Texas Health Dallas during a most difficult time. We continue to support and wish the best for her, and we remain optimistic that constructive dialogue can resolve this matter." 

Pham is requesting damages for physical and mental anguish, medical expenses and loss of future earnings. She stated that she wants to  "make hospitals and big corporations realize that nurses and health care workers, especially front line people, are important. And we don't want nurses to start turning into patients."

 

As a healthcare professional I believe this nurse deserves to be compensated for her losses and big corporations need to realize that nurses have dedicated their lives to the service of others, but our lives mean something too.  We should never be expected to care for any patient without the proper training and equipment.  

What do you think about this nurse's lawsuit against Texas Health? Do you think this is warranted?  Comment below!.

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