Nurse Briana Aguirre works at Texas Presbyterian Hospital, though her future there is now uncertain. That's because she is speaking out about what she says she's seen and experienced during the treatment of Ebola patient Thomas Duncan and others. She speaks to Anderson with her attorney Bob Kelly. Ms. Aguirre describes chaos, a lack of training, confusing protocols from the CDC and unnecessary risks that she says the nurses were exposed to on the job.
Briana describes how she wore Ebola protective gear that covered most of her body in two or three layers of plastic, but left her neck exposed.
She went on to claim that two weeks into the hospital's Ebola crisis, nurses like her did not have the same level of protection as sanitation workers at the hospital.
Briana says she is tired of the hospital 'blaming the nurses for being sick.'
Briana Aguirre and her attorney raised concerns about whether she would still have her job after the interview. AC360 received a statement form Texas Health Presbyterian saying:
"Her employment status is the same today as it was yesterday. We would welcome the opportunity to learn more about her observations when she is willing."
Dr. Sanjay Gupta went on a journey with his family to find their roots in India. He accompanied both of his parents back to their hometowns and found a family history that dates back 40 generations. While in India, Dr. Gupta's daughters joined him in laying new roots for future generations to uncover.
It seems like each day new questions surface about Ebola. We have heard repeatedly that quarantines for Ebola should last 21 days. What if that advice is outdated? It turns out there is still a lot that science doesn't know about Ebola. Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes a closer look.
Each person at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who came in contact with Thomas Eric Duncan is being given this document to sign. It is a court order from the state of Texas and it includes measures to not go into large public places or travel.
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Hazmat crews arrived to decontaminate Amber Vinson's apartment today. Gary Tuchman spoke to some of her neighbors. Some admitted they are a little anxious, another was more concerned about a panic than the disease itself.
Freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo was infected with Ebola while covering the outbreak in West Africa. Anderson spoke with his parents Diana Mukpo and Mitchell Levy. They discussed Ashoka's current condition and described the moment they received the news of his Ebola diagnosis.
The union National Nurses United has blasted Texas Presbyterian Hospital's handling of Ebola patient Thomas Duncan. The union released a list of disturbing claims that include Mr. Duncan being left outside of isolation for hours where he was in the presence of other patients, a lack of access to proper supplies and not having anyone to pick up medical waste, which they say piled up near the ceiling. The hospital released a statement:
"Patient and employee safety is our greatest priority and we take compliance very seriously. We have numerous measures in place to provide a safe working environment, including mandatory annual training and a 24-7 hotline and other mechanisms that allow for anonymous reporting. Our nursing staff is committed to providing quality, compassionate care, as we have always known, and as the world has seen firsthand in recent days. We will continue to review and respond to any concerns raised by our nurses and all employees. "
Anderson discussed all of this with National Nurses United Co-President Deborah Burger.
There are fears of a walkout by medical workers in Texas. Anderson spoke about the situation with Dr. Joseph McCormick, who is the Dean of the University of Texas School of Public Health.
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Dr. Kent Brantly contracted Ebola while working as a missionary in Liberia and he is one of the few success stories of this crisis. Dr. Brantly was the first Ebola patient to arrive in the U.S. After doctors in Atlanta helped him recover from the disease, he has become an advocate for those still battling Ebola. Dr. Brantly has donated plasma to three other patients. He spoke to Anderson about the importance of fighting the spread of Ebola in West Africa, but warns "the answer is not simply closing the borders."
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