Ebola nurse Amber Vinson’s family told Ohio pastor protective gear at hospital left her exposed

It was supposed to be a joyous trip home for a bride-to-be planning a white wedding.

But Amber Vinson’s visit to her native Ohio ended in the darkest of fears.

The 29-year-old Dallas nurse, after finding out that a colleague had been diagnosed with Ebola, spoke to her pastor in an emotional phone call the day before learning she, too, was stricken.

“I am just afraid,” Vinson said, according to the Rev. Lorenzo Glenn.

Glenn told the Daily News that Vinson’s parents explained to him precisely why she was so concerned about her health.

She said the protective covering she wore while caring for fatal Ebola victim Thomas Duncan left her neck, eyes and legs exposed.

“She had direct contact with the gentleman who passed and had Ebola,” Glenn said.

Vinson, after getting the green light from federal health officials, flew to Cleveland on Oct. 10. She spent the next couple of days visiting bridal shops with her friends and family. Vinson is getting married next summer.

But once she learned of colleague Nina Pham’s diagnosis, she isolated herself inside her family home in Tallmadge.

“Amber became a tremendous soldier,” said Glenn, describing what her family told him. “She said, ‘No, Mommy, you cannot touch me.’ She put up all the defenses to not let her family be exposed and possibly get sick.”

On their way to the airport, Vinson’s mother called Glenn and asked him to pray for her. It was after Glenn shared a passage from Psalms 103 that Vinson revealed she was afraid.

She returned to Dallas on Oct. 13 aboard a plane with more than 130 other people. The CDC allowed her to fly. That night, Vinson called her mother.

“Mommy, my temperature is going up and I’m jaundiced,” Vinson told her, according to what the family told Glenn. “I’m going to call the hospital now.”

Her family said in a statement Thursday that “Amber is stable” and thanked the public for its prayers and well-wishes. They also added that the nurse “followed all of the protocols necessary” when caring for Duncan.

Vinson’s Akron trip has sown fear in the community. Coming Attractions Bridal, a bridal store she visited on Saturday, was shuttered Thursday. And Vinson’s mother, Debra Berry, and stepfather, Kelvin Berry, were in a self-imposed quarantine.

Health officials are monitoring several other people Vinson came into contact with, including several women helping her shop for a wedding dress.

Kelvin Berry, an associate pastor, filled in for Glenn at his Macedonia BaptistChurch, triggering fear among parishioners even though officials say there’s no threat of contamination.

“My whole issue is to find out where things are so I can calm down the hysteria at my church,” Glenn said.

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Dan Mullin is an active writer and editor for the Pluto Daily who covered the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Mullin attended the Wake Forest School of Medicine before leaving to pursue his lifelong science goal of allowing humans to live forever via a computer/brain transfer.