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Ebola Nurse Slams Critics

Amber Vinson, the Dallas nurse who defeated Ebola, made an appearance on the “Today” show and expressed her dissatisfaction with critics who bashed her for flying on a commercial jet before being diagnosed with the virus.

The healthcare worker contracted the disease while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola on U.S. soil. Vinson was later diagnosed on October 15.

In her statements on the morning program, she stated, ” I was never told that I could not travel. I’m not careless. I’m not reckless. I embrace protocol and guidelines … it is a matter of life and death, and I respect that fact.”

Vinson expressed her frustration with officials at the hospital where she worked for not properly preparing staff for a case of Ebola, stating that there was no excessive training and the first time she put on the equipment was when she was heading into care for a patient.

Despite the negativity from critics, Vinson said if she had to take on another Ebola patient, she would “absolutely” do it.

Watch the interview here: