Lawsuit Claims Hospital Used Texas Ebola Nurse as 'PR Pawn'

March 3, 2015 5:30 PM

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Lawsuit Claims Hospital Used Texas Ebola Nurse as 'PR Pawn'

Nina Pham, the first of two nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas who contracted the Ebola virus from Thomas Eric Duncan, has filed a lawsuit against the hospital’s parent company, Texas Health Resources (THR). Her lawsuit reveals for the first time troubling allegations about a long list of safety failures and undue risks committed by a hospital desperate to protect its image. “When Nina needed THR the most, THR failed her, despite the fact that THR wanted to sell her to the public as the face of the company,” says the complaint.

The complaint, embedded at the end of this article, is compelling reading, mincing no words as it describes Pham, the first person to contract Ebola on United States soil, as “a symbol of corporate neglect–a casualty of a hospital system’s failure to prepare for a known and impending medical crisis,...

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