Ebola Nurse Who Flew: I Wasn't Reckless

Amber Vinson says she followed all the rules in place
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2014 12:31 PM CST
Amber Vinson, 29, in an Oct. 28 photo.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)

(Newser) – Dallas nurse Amber Vinson is well aware that she took a lot of flak for flying to Ohio before getting sick with Ebola. But she tells Matt Lauer at Today that she followed all the protocols in place from her superiors before taking the trip. "I'm not reckless," says the 29-year-old. Vinson says she got the all-clear to fly from the CDC via her employer, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. And she denies that she flew home to Dallas while feeling sick.

The scariest quote in the interview has nothing to do with her travel: "We did not get much training," she recalls. "The first time that I put on the protective equipment, I was heading in to take care of the patient." Click for a fuller account, including video. Like fellow nurse Nina Pham, Vinson is now free of the disease.

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