Authorities incinerated Texas Ebola nurse's engagement ring

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Authorities Incinerated Texas Ebola Nurses Engagement Ring

The second Texas nurse to contract Ebola is getting better, but she's bitter because authorities incinerated her engagement ring.

Amber Vinson was first hospitalized October 14th after treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the patient that eventually died, and now that she's tested negative for Ebola she's speaking out about her treatment.

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ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 28, 2014: Amber Vinson, a Texas nurse who contracted Ebola after treating an infected patient, listens as Dr. Bruce Ribner, an epidemiologist and professor in the School of Medicine's Infectious Diseases Division, speaks to the media during a press conference about Vinson's release from care at Emory University Hospital on August 1, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. Vinson, a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, contacted Ebola after treating Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who later died of the disease. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 28: Amber Vinson (2nd R), a Texas nurse who contracted Ebola after treating an infected patient, stands with her nursing team during a press conference after being released from care at Emory University Hospital on August 1, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. Vinson, a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, contacted Ebola after treating Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who later died of the disease. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 28: Amber Vinson (R), a Texas nurse who contracted Ebola after treating an infected patient, hugs members of her nursing team during a press conference after being released from care at Emory University Hospital on August 1, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. Vinson, a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, contacted Ebola after treating Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who later died of the disease. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
Amber Vinson, 29, the Dallas nurse who was being treated for Ebola, speaks at a news conference after being discharged from Emory University Hospital, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Atlanta. Vinson worked as a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who died of Ebola at the hospital on Oct. 8. Vinson was one of two nurses who became infected while caring for Duncan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Amber Vinson, 29, the Dallas nurse who was being treated for Ebola, right, embraces Dr. Aneesh Mehta, Emory University Hospital Assistant Director of Transplant Infectious Disease, as she leaves a news conference after being discharged from the hospital, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Atlanta. Vinson worked as a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who died of Ebola at the hospital on Oct. 8. Vinson was one of two nurses who became infected while caring for Duncan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Amber Vinson, 29, the Dallas nurse who was being treated for Ebola, right, embraces Emory University Hospital epidemiologist Dr. Bruce Ribner, as she leaves a press conference after being discharged from the hospital, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Atlanta. Vinson worked as a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who died of Ebola at the hospital on Oct. 8. Vinson was one of two nurses who became infected while caring for Duncan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Amber Vinson, 29, the Dallas nurse who was being treated for Ebola, rear, looks on as Emory University Hospital epidemiologist Dr. Bruce Ribner speaks during a news conference after Vinson was discharged from the hospital, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Atlanta. Vinson worked as a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who died of Ebola at the hospital on Oct. 8. Vinson was one of two nurses who became infected while caring for Duncan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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The 29-year-old nurse explained to Don Lemon that her entire home was sterilized; her belongings, including her engagement ring, were burned.

"I was crushed," she said. "It's a thing, but it has sentimental value to me."

Vinson isn't the only nurse to contract Ebola that was crushed by a loss. Teresa Romero, the Spanish nurse who became the first person to contract Ebola outside of Africa, slammed officials for euthanizing her dog, Excalibur. Health officials in Madrid said the dog posed a potential risk of Ebola transmission.

However, when Nina Pham, the first Texas nurse to contract Ebola, was diagnosed, they quarantined her dog. After both were cleared, Pham was reunited with her dog, Bentley.

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