Ebola nurse to sue hospital where she was infected

by Chinwe Okafor

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Nina Pham, the nurse who contracted Ebola in Texas after treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the first U.S. Ebola patient to die, plans to file a lawsuit against the hospital where she was working and its parent company, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Pham told the News that she still has nightmares and body aches as a result of having contracted the disease, and that she also suffers from insomnia. She is suing Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and its parent company Texas Health Resources for failing to provide proper training, as well as failing to protect her privacy after she was infected.

From the News:

Pham wants unspecified damages for physical pain and mental anguish, medical expenses and loss of future earnings. But she said that she wants to “make hospitals and big corporations realize that nurses and health care workers, especially frontline people, are important. And we don’t want nurses to start turning into patients.”

Pham alleges that the hospital ignored her request not to release any information about her, and that the video released of her in her hospital room was recorded without her consent. Her attorney told the News that Pham was used “as a PR pawn.”

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