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"Experimental drugs and special care helped make Nina Pham Ebola free. But today she fears she may never escape the deadly disease.
The 26-year-old nurse says she has nightmares, body aches and insomnia as a result of contracting the disease from a patient she cared for last fall at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas."
Nurse Nina Pham, First Nurse to Contact Ebola in the USA, is reportedly planning to sue Dallas Hospital.
The first person infected with Ebola in the United States, nurse Nina Pham, said she was used for publicity purposes by her hospital, which also invaded her privacy and did not properly train her, the Dallas Morning News reported on Sunday.
“I wanted to believe that they would have my back and take care of me, but they just haven’t risen to the occasion,” Nina Pham told the newspaper.
The Morning News reports that Pham on Monday will file suit against Texas Health Resources, the parent company of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. She claims that personnel at the hospital didn’t have the gear or resources to deal with Ebola and didn’t get enough instruction for care or treatment.
Pham, 26, told the newspaper that chaos hit the Dallas hospital when it admitted Thomas Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States after he contracted it in Liberia. Nurses were ill prepared and received little guidance on how to treat Ebola or protect themselves.
Duncan was put into isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in late September and died less than two weeks later. Pham, who became infected while treating him, later recovered and was welcomed in the Oval Office by President Barack Obama. She is planning to sue the hospital, the paper said. The hospital has reached a settlement with Duncan's family.
“Nina Pham bravely served Texas Health Dallas during a most difficult time,” Texas Health Resources told the Morning News in a statement released by a spokesman. “We continue to support and wish the best for her, and we remain optimistic that constructive dialogue can resolve this matter.”
Before Pham left the Texas hospital for treatment at a National Institutes of Health clinical center in Maryland, she was filmed by a doctor who said the recording was educational in nature, she told the Morning News. She said she didn’t give the parent company, which had worked with a firm to create a public relations campaign in the wake of the Duncan case, her approval to give the clip to journalists.
“I could tell that they wanted me to stay just because they kind of knew, they could see I was getting better,” Pham said told the Morning News. “They wanted that ‘yes, we cured her’ kind of attitude. They wanted a win, especially after a loss.”
Even after her recovery, Pham remains concerned about how her diagnosis and treatment will affect her future, the newspaper reports.
“I feel like I’ve been less social, in a way. Every time you’re in a social setting, especially now, Ebola always comes up,” Pham told the newspaper. “It’s very hard to talk about it.”
The Washington Post and the Dallas News are two of the resources to which OneWorld referred in compiling this post. Click the links below to read more details from each.
Free of Ebola but not fear- Nurse Nina Pham to file lawsuit against Presby parent, worries about continued health woes -
What rights do patients have when they enter a treatment facility or in dealing with health care providers? Prior to the proper enforcement of HIPPA, one of the problems that repeatedly came up was the interpretation of these rights.
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