Nurse who survived Ebola sues, says hospital failed her

One of two Dallas nurses who beat Ebola is suing Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital's parent company.

Lawyers for Nina Pham filed a lawsuit Monday morning against Texas Health Resources seeking unspecified damages for physical pain and mental anguish, medical expenses and loss of future earnings.

Pham cared for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan last fall and came down with the infection. She recovered, but Duncan, a native of Liberia, did not.

The suit alleges Texas Health Resources failed to protect Pham with proper policies and training.

She released a statement saying in part, "I'm facing a number of issues with regard to my health and my career and the lawsuit provides a way to address them."

According to the Associated Press, Pham still suffers from body aches and insomnia.

She said the hospital hasn't been as open and honest with her as she had hoped and there are things the hospital did not do that led her to become infected.

"It will help uncover the truth of what happened, and educate all health care providers and administrators about ways to be better prepared for the next public health emergency," she said of the lawsuit.

Pham also express her continued sympathy to Duncan's family.

Texas Health Presbyterian has praised Pham for her service during a most difficult time.

The company said it continues to support and wish the best for her, and remains optimistic there will be a resolution.


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