Spanish Ebola survivor demands EUR 150,000 for alleged defamation
MOSCOW, November 10 (RAPSI) – Spanish nursing assistant Teresa Romero, an Ebola survivor, has filed a lawsuit for €150,000 ($187,000) in compensation from Madrid’s health minister for making comments that damaged her reputation, RIA Novosti reported on Monday, citing Spanish media.
Javier Rodríguez made a series of disparaging comments about the nurse while she was fighting for her life in the hospital. In particular, he said that Romero may have lied about how she contracted the virus.
Romero became infected with the Ebola virus while volunteering to help with the treatment of a Spanish priest repatriated from Africa who had the disease.
Her legal team said that if she wins the case she will donate the $150,000 to an animal protection NGO. The defendant was not available for comment.
Teresa Romero, 44, was the first person to have contracted Ebola outside of Africa. On October 6 she was taken to the Carlos III Hospital in Madrid, where she had taken care of the two missionaries who contracted Ebola in Africa. Following two weeks of treatment, her blood samples showed that she had no EVD.