Ebola Nurse Kaci Hickox Threatens Civil Rights Lawsuit, May Soon Be Flying To Maine On Charter Flight

Tara Dodrill - Author

Oct. 27 2014, Updated 6:24 a.m. ET

Ebola nurse update:Fox News is now reporting that Kaci Hickox has been Ebola symptom free for 24 hours and may soon be flown back to her home state of Maine via a private charter flight.

Ebola nurse Kaci Hickox is threatening to file a civil rights lawsuit over the mandatory quarantine imposed after she landed at a New Jersey airport. While Governor Chris Christie has been unwavering in his decision to impose a mandatory Ebola quarantine for specific individuals flying back from the outbreak zone in West Africa, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has backpedaled on such restrictions in his state.

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Kaci Hickox’s attorney Norman Siegel claims the Ebola quarantine raises “serious constitutional and civil liberties issues” during an interview with Reuters on Sunday. Siegel is a well-known civil rights attorney.

“We’re not going to dispute that the government has, under certain circumstances, the right to issue a quarantine. The policy is overly broad when applied to her,” Norman Siegel stated.

Kaci Hickox took a jab at Christie for his lack of Ebola knowledge, pointing out that he is not a doctor — but neither is President Obama’s new Ebola czar.

The Ebola nurse who had been in West Africa working closely with patients inflicted with the deadly virus wrote a letter detailing what she described as the poor treatment she received after arriving at Newark Liberty Airport on Friday. Hickox said that she is “scared” for other Ebola medial workers who will arrive back in the United States in the near future.

In the open letter for the Dallas Morning News, the nurse said, ” [A man] who must have been an immigration officer because he was wearing a weapon belt that I could see protruding from his white coveralls barked questions at me as if I was a criminal.”

The essay from the Ebola nurse also explained how she felt and what she allegedly experienced during the New Jersey airport screening.

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“I called my family to let them know that I was OK. I was hungry and thirsty and asked for something to eat and drink. I was given a granola bar and some water. I wondered what I had done wrong. Four hours after I landed at the airport, an official approached me with a forehead scanner. My cheeks were flushed, I was upset at being held with no explanation. The scanner recorded my temperature as 101.”

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New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and his Republican peer across the river Christie, were allegedly subjected to “pressure from the Obama administration” to reverse their policy on a mandatory Ebola quarantine, but Cuomo denies any such arm-twisting occurred. By Sunday evening, Governor Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, also a Democrat, announced changes in the Ebola quarantine policy.

Ebola medical workers who have had contacts with patients in West Africa will now only have to “stay home” for 21 days instead of being kept in isolation at a hospital. Cuomo also stated that the new Ebola protocols in New York would “probably be somewhat safer than what CDC comes up with.” During the at-home quarantine, the health care workers will be permitted to have visitors.

What do you think about the Ebola quarantine?

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