Texas Nurse Sues Hospital Over Privacy, Other Violations in Ebola Case

One of the nurses who treated the first patient to die of Ebola in the US is suing the hospital where she worked, alleging they violated her privacy among other accusations.

Nina Pham was one of the nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas who treated Thomas Eric Duncan and subsequently contracted Ebola. In an interview with the Dallas Morning News, Pham said that when she was admitted to the same hospital for care, she told hospital officials that she did not want any details about her condition released to the press or the public.

“I wanted to protect my privacy, and I asked several times … to put be as ‘no info’ or at least change my name to Jane Doe,” Pham told the newspaper.

As anyone who was paying close attention to the media covering Pham and Duncan’s case knows, a video of Pham talking with her doctors was released to the national media shortly before Pham was transferred to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) hospital in Maryland.

The day the video was made, according to the Dallas Morning News, a physician came to Pham’s hospital room to discuss her end-of-life decisions with her, but noted in her chart that she did “not have the mental capacity to make end-of-life decisions” at that time. Pham also alleges that the hospital’s PR team was working with her at this point to get a quote for a press release even though she didn’t want personal information released.

When a doctor came into Pham’s hospital room to make the video, he came into the room with the video camera worn under his protective hood. He told her the video was only going to be used for educational purposes.

Pham’s attorney, Charla Aldous, told the newspaper that the hospital used Pham as a “PR pawn.”

Click here to read the full Dallas Morning News report.

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