Ohio bridal shop that closed after Ebola nurse tried on dresses sues Dallas hospital

DALLAS - An Ohio bridal shop that shut its doors after an Ebola patient tried on a dress there is suing the Dallas hospital where the patient contracted the deadly virus.

Coming Attractions claims it “sustained hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages” after Amber Vinson -- one of the two Dallas nurses who contracted Ebola while treating the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States -- tried on a dress there.

Vinson treated Thomas Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas in October of 2014. She tried on a dress at Coming Attractions Bridal and Formal in Ohio in the days following Duncan’s treatment.

She was diagnosed with Ebola upon her return to Dallas.

The bridal shop said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that it had to close the store after learning Vinson had Ebola and may have been contagious when trying on dresses at the store.

“Once Ms. Vinson was diagnosed with Ebola, health authorities mandated the Bridal Shop immediately close its store so as not to put its employees and customers at further risk of contracting the disease,” the lawsuit reads.

The shop reopened the following month, but “continued to suffer loss of business and ultimately was forced to shut its doors permanently,” the lawsuit reads.

Coming Attractions says it had maintained a successful business for 20 years prior to its closing after Vinson’s visit.

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It claims the hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages come from “loss in value of the inventory and premises, and loss of income and value of the Bridal Shop as an ongoing business,” according to the suit.

The bridal shop accused the hospital and its ownership, Texas Health Resources, of improper training and failing to protect its nurses despite an awareness of the risk of spreading Ebola.

“Ms. Vinson reasonably relied upon the Hospital’s negligent and unfounded reassurances when she visited the Bridal Shop to select bridal dresses for her upcoming wedding,” the lawsuit reads.

Nina Pham, the other nurse who contracted Ebola while working at Texas Health Presbyterian, filed a lawsuit against the hospital last year, claiming it was negligent and citing concern over the long-term effects of the disease. Her trial was set for October.

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