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Ebola Nurse: Settlement Reached Following 2014 Virus Contraction

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Nina Pham, the nurse who was infected with Ebola from treating patient Thomas Eric Duncan, speaks during a news briefing at the National Institutes of Health on Oct. 24, 2014, in Bethesda, Maryland. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 25 Oct 2016 03:16 PM

Texas nurse Nina Pham, who contracted Ebola while treating a patient in 2014, has reached a settlement in a lawsuit against her hospital’s parent company, Texas Health Resources, regarding how she was told to treat a patient with Ebola and the company’s subsequent actions.

Pham and a fellow nurse were infected with Ebola in October 2014 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas after treating patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who was infected with the virus in Liberia, then traveled to Dallas. Pham followed the protocols she was given, wearing a mask, gown, shield, and gloves, but still she contracted Ebola.

Duncan later died from the disease, and Pham was diagnosed after being told she wasn’t at risk for Ebola and could have contact with friends, family, and the public. Her diagnosis was the first known transmission in the United States.

The CDC blamed “breach in protocol” for Pham’s infection but couldn’t pinpoint the exact nature of the breach.

The suit was filed not only because Pham contracted Ebola, but also because she wasn’t happy with the hospital’s handling of the aftermath.

“I was hoping that THR would be more open and honest about everything that happened at the hospital, and the things they didn’t do that led to me getting infected with Ebola,” Pham said in 2015, CNN reported. “But that didn’t happen, and I felt that I was left with no choice but to turn to the courts for help.”

Pham also alleged the hospital violated her privacy by using her in marketing and social media campaigns and sharing details of her condition. Both Pham and THR have agreed not to speak publicly about the settlement.

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Texas nurse Nina Pham, who contracted Ebola while treating a patient in 2014, has reached a settlement in a lawsuit against her hospital’s parent company, Texas Health Resources, regarding how she was told to treat a patient with Ebola and the company’s subsequent actions.
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