Quarantined TB Patient Hopes He'll be Forgiven

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Denver (AP) An Atlanta attorney who's quarantined with a dangerous strain of tuberculosis says in hindsight, flying across the Atlantic and back may not have been “the best decision.''

But in his interview with ABC's “Good Morning America,'' Andrew Speaker continued to insist that he was told by doctors that he wasn't dangerous.

Speaker says his doctors and the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention all knew he had TB before he flew to Europe for his wedding and honeymoon last month. But says he was advised that he wasn't contagious or a danger to anyone.

Speaker arrived at Denver's National Jewish Medical and Research Center Thursday. He spent much of his first day undergoing tests as doctors prepared to use a range of drugs to fight the TB bacteria. Some of the drugs are normally used against other diseases, including leprosy.

Speaker's doctor says his care, which could include surgery, could cost at least a quarter of a million dollars.

National Jewish was founded over 100 years ago in the days when Colorado's sunshine and clean air attracted TB patients from across the country. It ranks among the best in the nation for research and treatment of the disease.

Speaker says the decision to fly back across the ocean was made because he and his wife were “scared out of our minds'' at the prospect of him being indefinitely placed in an Italian hospital and dying there.

Speaker says he just hopes others will forgive him.