Nurse Nina Pham, the first person infected with Ebola in the United States has said that her hospital merely used her as publicity stunt, rather invading her privacy and failing to train her.
In an interview with Dallas Morning, the 26-year old revealed that nurses in her hospital were ill-prepared for the admittance of Thomas Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States after he contracted it in Liberia. According to her, nurses were ill prepared and received little guidance on how to treat Ebola or protect themselves.
"I wanted to believe that they would have my back and take care of me, but they just haven't risen to the occasion," she said.
It would be recalled that Pham became infected while treating Thomas Duncan, but later recovered and was welcomed in the Oval Office by President Barack Obama.
The nurse is now revealing that she plans to sue the hospital for lack of failing to adequately train and prepare its staff to deal with the Ebola situation, citing that nurses initially did not wear hazmat suits when treating Duncan and went in with double gloves taped to double gowns, double booties and face shields.
She's also revealed that the hospital violated her privacy, and in one instance, she was videotaped speaking to a doctor and the video was released to the media without her consent.
Meanwhile, the hospital did not address the details of Pham's allegeations, rather it released a statement saying that:
"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."