TB Patient Locked Up In Hospital Ward Flees Country

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

An attorney for a Phoenix man locked up in a hospital jail ward and allegedly treated like an inmate says her client has left the country.

Doctors ruled recently that 28-year-old Robert Daniels was no longer contagious with tuberculosis after lung surgery last month in Denver.

He then lived in a Phoenix-area motel under monitoring by Maricopa County Public Health officials for the past few weeks.

Attorney Linda Cosme says Daniels sent her an e-mail from Moscow after arriving there on a flight Sunday.

Daniels holds dual citizenship in Russia.

His father is from the U.S., and his mother is from Russia.

After moving from Moscow to Arizona last year, Daniels was treated for drug-resistant TB.

Last year, Daniels was placed in solitary confinement in the jail ward at Maricopa Medical Center.

A judge had ruled Daniels recklessly exposed others to his illness by going out in public without a mask.

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