Amber Vinson, became famous for contracting Ebola while treating Thomas Eric Duncan who will forever be known as the first patient to die of the virus in the United States.
Thankfully, Vinson was able to get treatment in time to save her from suffering the same fate, but as expected the experience irrevocably altered her life. Her illness also forced her to put her wedding plans on hold. Before the Dallas based nurse was diagnosed and during the time of her exposure, she took a trip to Cleveland after she was given clearance from her bosses. While there, she visited Coming Attractions Bridal Salon with her bridesmaids. By that time, she returned to Dallas, the virus was fully blown in her system, and the store was forced to shut down and submit to a quarantine regimen, that according to the owner, Anna Younker, cost her thousand of dollars. Clearly one of those unexpected expenses that sets you back but in the end more than worth the pain.
But the drama doesn’t end there. Now that Vinson is recovered and completely free to continue planning her wedding she is actually ordering Younker to give her refund for the four bridesmaids dresses she purchased. The total bill is $479.89 and her attorney sent a letter to the store requesting that amount back:
“Amber’s Ebola infection brought significant attention to Coming Attractions, not all of it positive. In order to minimize additional public scrutinty, Amber has decided that it would be best if she used another bridal shop for her bridesmaids dresses, and kept it strictly confidential”.
Understandably, Vinson is anxious to move past her ordeal and part of that is to start afresh, but it doesn’t seem fair to punish the store that graciously serviced her and her wedding party after they were forced to fork out expenses as a consequence for being exposed to the virus. Nobody is clearly at fault here but Vinson needs a reality check. She survived a life threatening disease so in the grand scheme of things – spending time pursuing a monetary issue seems somewhat irrelevant.