Amber Vinson’s family released the following statement via Kent State University Thursday, a day after news came out that the 29-year-old nurse, who is from Northeast Ohio, was diagnosed with Ebola:
“Our family has been overwhelmed with support and love for Amber and our extended family over the last 72 hours, and we thank you for those prayers and well wishes. Amber is stable, and we are continuing to work with her doctors as her treatment progresses. Amber is a respected professional and has always had a strong passion for nursing. She followed all of the protocols necessary when treating a patient in Dallas, and right now, she’s trusting in her doctors and nurses as she is now the patient. To that end, we ask that the media respect Amber’s privacy and that of our family during this overwhelming experience. The time will come down the road for more further public involvement, but for now, your continued love and prayers helps greatly.”
The statement is from the family’s designated spokesperson: Lawrence Vinson, Amber’s uncle.
He later spoke with CNN. You can watch his interview above.
Amber Vinson was diagnosed with Ebola after her trip to Northeast Ohio where she visited family and planned her wedding. She flew from Dallas to Cleveland on Oct. 10 and then back to Dallas on Oct. 13.
Nine people who came in contact with her during her trip to the area are under voluntary quarantine.
Vinson was one of the health care workers to treat Thomas Eric Duncan who died from Ebola.
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