An Ebola patient had her engagement ring before she was diagnoses with the deadly disease, but it’s no longer in her possession. Amber Vinson believes that her diamond was burned with some of her other possibly contaminated items when a clean-up crew went through her home. According to ABC News, Vinson was saddened to realize what happened to her ring, and she isn’t the only one who thinks that burning the ring was unnecessary.
“All you have to do is drop it in a little bleach or any household disinfectant… Any household cleanser; that would destroy the Ebola virus. It sends the wrong public health message as though the engagement ring could be vehicle for the Ebola virus,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
The Ebola patient’s engagement ring is gone forever, and now that she has recovered from Ebola, she is left to pick up the pieces — the very few pieces that were left behind. Amber Vinson, a nurse, also caused a bit of panic for people whom she had visited with before she had symptoms of Ebola. She also boarded a plane, which concerned the airline, and the passengers on board the flight.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, at least two passengers on board the flight decided to place themselves into isolation for 21 days just in case they showcased any symptoms themselves.
“Frontier Airlines had to pull out carpet and seats from the plane on which Vinson traveled from Cleveland to Dallas after airline officials learned Vinson was infected. A bridal store that Vinson had visited closed temporarily after the owners realized the nurse had visited with her bridesmaids days before her diagnosis.”
The Ebola patient forfeited her engagement ring but gets to keep her life, which many say is far more important. Amber Vinson was in the middle of wedding planning when she was diagnosed. Her whole purpose in flying to Cleveland was to visit with family, and catch them up on all of her big day details.
According to AOL, the 29-year-old bride-to-be says that the ring had “sentimental value” to her.
“I was crushed,” she said during an interview with CNN.
Now that she’s Ebola-free, Vinson is ready to move on… and she’s ready to get married. It’s unknown if her fiance bought her another ring, but she will likely have one soon enough if not.
Do you think clean-up crews were being thorough or was their work overkill?
[Photo courtesy of CBS News]