Nurse Nina Pham to Sue Dallas Hospital, Cites Negligence in Care for Ebola Patient
Nurse Nina Pham to Sue Dallas Hospital, Cites Negligence in Care for Ebola Patient

Dallas nurse Nina Pham, who contracted the deadly Ebola virus while caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first diagnosed case in the U.S., will file a lawsuit against the Dallas hospital on Monday, alleging negligence in preparedness of nurses. She claims the hospital made her a “symbol of corporate neglect.”

“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 last week in an exclusive interview.

Pham says she will file a lawsuit Monday in Dallas County against Texas Health Resources alleging that while she became the American face of the fight against the disease, the hospital’s lack of training and proper equipment and violations of her privacy made her “a symbol of corporate neglect — a casualty of a hospital system’s failure to prepare for a known and impending medical crisis.”

She says that Texas Health Resources was negligent because it failed to develop policies and train its staff for treating Ebola patients. She says Texas Health Resources did not have proper protective gear for those who treated Duncan. Source: Dallas Morning News

The hospital issued a statement: “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.”