TB infected traveler

  1. How do you feel about him? I can't believe he put so many people at risk. Now I'm hearing him giving his side and all I can think "Wow, he sure sounds like a lawyer."
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  3. by   KellieNurse06
    I personally think this guy is a self centered idiot, who put alot of people at risk....end of story. He's trying to "justify" traveling by saying he "was advised" not to travel but never told "not to travel"...and he even admitted he "didn't want to cancel his wedding"..so that to me says he knew darned well, and put himself before anything else.........I hope none of those people on the planes or wherever he traveled to are not infected. I don't know, I have no tolerance or sympathy for people who knowingly do something when they are aware of the risks & dangers they can pose to other innocent people. If this guys new wife knew he was infected as well, then shame shame shame on her too.......that's all I have to say about that.Here is a perfect example of a highly educated person lacking pure common sense....( not all who are highly educated lack common sense......please don't think that's what I mean........)
  4. by   buddiage
    Quote from KellieNurse06
    He's trying to "justify" traveling by saying he "was advised" not to travel but never told "not to travel"...
    The man is an Atlanta lawyer, of course he'd massage words!

    He hopes for forgivness, because he's going to be sued!:angryfire
  5. by   gigi15
    He is a self-centered idiot who put many other people at risk, including all the wedding guests and any and everyone else he came in contact with, he is supposedely educated enough to know better. He could also have infected his new wife, i would not rely on such a man if i were her in the future, i'm sure the guests would have understood if the wedding had to be postponed.

    Once he gets well i think the airlines should sue him and the should arrest him for reckless endangerment -- so that some other idiot will not try the same thing with a more terrible disease. Breathing on all those people on all those flights.

    sorry for the long vent but people could have been sitting next to this fool with young kids.
  6. by   caroladybelle
    The man knew he was not to travel and was on a no-fly list. He deliberately flew into Canada instead of US, and then crossed into the US. Why would he do that if he "didn't know" he was not to travel.

    PS there is already I thread on this - they should be merged.
  7. by   buddiage
    If that man thought nothing of my daughter and knowingly exposed her to it, I'd be p******* off enough to become unglued. Especially his special strain. I might even... urgh!


    Selfish.

    He's a personal injury lawyer at that- of all people, he KNOWS better, but ignored it.
  8. by   Cherish
    His father in law is a CDC TB research doctor. FIL said it would be no problem to travel and his own father (a lawyer too) recorded his doctors meeting with him before he left. Really stupid idea to travel but is this strain contagious by air or some other way or not contagious at all?
  9. by   Stubbleuffagus
    Maybe it's my don't accuse until you know all the facts additude, but I don't think he was fully aware of the impact this type of disease has. Yes, I agree he shouldn't have flown, but think about how scared he was to be in a foreign country and told not to fly home. He was told to turn hisself in, in Italy and to be quarintined (sp?), that in itself would scare me if I weren't in my homeland. I would be scared to be quarintined no matter where I was. I can only imagine the fear he felt when he was told his passport was flagged.

    I honestly don't think he was informed as well as he should've been, and therefore his decision to fly was based on fear and the unknown. The thing about it though is if he hadn't injured his rib and needed an xray they wouldn't never known he had TB. So, who knows how long he's been infected. I believe that even though he was told he had TB and that it's the XDR TB, I don't think he fully understood what this TB is, why it's such a danger, etc.

    I know people want to jump to accuse him right away and say he's a lawyer so of course he'll want to find a way to "juice" the words he says, but I honestly believe he is being sincere in his apology.

    He turned hisself in once he was back on American soil. He is now in here (in Denver) recieving treatment. There is a lot they do not know about this type of TB, and I think because of that lack of information he wasn't aware of the danger he may be causing for the people on the plane. Everyone is always quick to point fingers, but put yourself in his shoes.

    I think the bigger issue is that he was able to cross the border even though his passport was flagged.

    I hope none of the passengers on the plane, or anyone in close contact with him contracts the disease.

    He had no symptoms of the disease... which to me is scary. There could be more people walking around with this type of TB who are not aware of it.
  10. by   bratt8781
    Yes I agree! He is extremely selfish to have put everyone else at risk. He stayed at a hotel in my area they said on the news...it is very scary!
  11. by   ChristyMNOP
    Quote from Stubbleuffagus
    Maybe it's my don't accuse until you know all the facts additude, but I don't think he was fully aware of the impact this type of disease has. Yes, I agree he shouldn't have flown, but think about how scared he was to be in a foreign country and told not to fly home. He was told to turn hisself in, in Italy and to be quarintined (sp?), that in itself would scare me if I weren't in my homeland. I would be scared to be quarintined no matter where I was. I can only imagine the fear he felt when he was told his passport was flagged.

    I honestly don't think he was informed as well as he should've been, and therefore his decision to fly was based on fear and the unknown. The thing about it though is if he hadn't injured his rib and needed an xray they wouldn't never known he had TB. So, who knows how long he's been infected. I believe that even though he was told he had TB and that it's the XDR TB, I don't think he fully understood what this TB is, why it's such a danger, etc.

    I know people want to jump to accuse him right away and say he's a lawyer so of course he'll want to find a way to "juice" the words he says, but I honestly believe he is being sincere in his apology.

    He turned hisself in once he was back on American soil. He is now in here (in Denver) recieving treatment. There is a lot they do not know about this type of TB, and I think because of that lack of information he wasn't aware of the danger he may be causing for the people on the plane. Everyone is always quick to point fingers, but put yourself in his shoes.

    I think the bigger issue is that he was able to cross the border even though his passport was flagged.

    I hope none of the passengers on the plane, or anyone in close contact with him contracts the disease.

    He had no symptoms of the disease... which to me is scary. There could be more people walking around with this type of TB who are not aware of it.
    I was under the impression that he was told not to fly over to Europe in the first place, that he had TB here. That negates your theory of him being so scared. My butt, that's all I got to say. He is just another careless and selfish individual who thinks the laws don't apply to him because he manipulates them for a living. Well, I personally hope there are NO lawsuits meaning no injury/infections occur, but if there are then I hope he is bankrupted many times over.
  12. by   Kanani_Ikike
    Quote from pannie
    How do you feel about him? I can't believe he put so many people at risk. Now I'm hearing him giving his side and all I can think "Wow, he sure sounds like a lawyer."
    I'm mad as hell about him. I think they should throw his bum is jail. How dare he be so selfish and put others at risk. That's a really selfish person that deserves to be forcefully quarantined. He may not be as contagious since it wasn't active. However, he still put people at risk. He could have been coughing, sneezing, laughing, etc. And he has a wife. Doesn't he care about her? I'm just mad at him. He was warned, so he can't act like he didn't know any better.
  13. by   Katnip
    It was suggested, not mandated that he not fly to Europe. When he got there, he was told that his strain was far worse than originally thought and that he needed to turn himself in for quarantine.

    Had he turned himself in, he could very possibly been transported safely to the US for treatment, or the proper treatment may have been made available to him from the US.

    Instead, he knowingly got onto a plane and tried to skirt the law by flying in through Canada.

    He keeps saying he didn't think he'd be much of a risk even after he was told to stay in Italy. He's a lawyer, not a doctor, not an infectious disease scientist. He had and still has no clue what a risk he posed to hundreds, if not potentially thousands of people because he was selfish.

    He's a personal injury lawyer. He's going to make himself look as much a victim as he possibly can.
  14. by   Grace Oz
    Is there a link to this story? I've not heard about it and am keen to read of it.

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