Hospital wants 'Ebola' nurse lawsuit quashed

2015-04-05 09:54

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Dallas - A hospital operator has denied allegations of poor training and improper preparation in seeking dismissal of a lawsuit by a nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for the first US patient to succumb to the deadly disease.

The Texas Health Resources company has filed a response lawsuit by nurse Nina Pham, a report says.

Pham, who remains employed at  the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, but has not returned to work, seeks unspecified damages in her lawsuit.

A man visiting Dallas from Liberia, Thomas Eric Duncan, died October 8 at the hospital. Pham and another nurse caring for Duncan contracted Ebola but survived.

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Texas Health Resources spokesperson Wendell Watson, said the company and the hospital acted responsibly to protect their employees, basing their responses on the most up-to-date federal guidelines and with leading experts at the Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

The hospital also respected Pham's privacy and acted only with her consent, the statement said. A doctor on October 16 videotaped Pham, who was in a hospital bed, in images later made public.

Since Pham contracted the disease while working for the hospital as an intensive care nurse, her remedy should be a worker's compensation claim, not in civil court, the hospital's response said.

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