A Dallas nurse who contracted the deadly Ebola virus after treating the nation’s only fatality said Thursday she has no regrets about treating Thomas Duncan and would treat other Ebola patients.
“Nursing is what I do. I could never see a patient that needs help and not do everything I can to help them,” Amber Vinson told NBC’s Today show.
Vinson, 29, and Nina Pham, 26, were the two nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas who contracted the virus while caring for Duncan, a Liberian national who died of the disease Oct. 8. Vinson fell ill a week later while visiting family in Ohio, but has recovered.
She initially came under fire for having flown to and from Ohio on a commercial plane.
“It made me feel terrible because that’s not me.,” she said. “I am not careless. I am not reckless.”
Vinson emphasized her previous statements, confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that she was not sick when she flew — and that she had been given the OK to fly.
“I was never told that I couldn’t travel. I talked to my (Intensive Care Unit) management team,” Vinson said. “I talked to management in person and they said the CDC said it was OK for me to go.”
Source: USA Today | John Bacon