Andrew Speaker said he never thought others were at risk for catching his deadly disease. "I'm very sorry for any grief or pain that I have caused anyone," he says.
"I think if people look at my life, that's not … not how I live my life."
Speaker learned he had TB in January. In May, doctors realized his strain, known as XDR-TB, was extensively drug-resistant. He then boarded a commercial flight to Paris May 12, and returned from Europe 12 days later on a flight from Prague, Czech Republic, to Canada.
He felt fine two weeks ago, walking around, jogging and trying cases as usual. Speaker said he never thought he was sick enough to infect others.
So not only did he travel trans Atlanic but was jogging and interacting with how many people prior to his little excursion?
Speaker said after the CDC called him in Rome and told him to cancel his commercial fight plans, it didn't offer him any help. Speaker says it would have cost $100,000 to fly back on a noncommercial airline. In effect, he said, the CDC was walking away from him and his chance for treatment at the TB facility in Denver.
Well lets think about that. Maybe if he had taken into account others health he wouldn't have had to look at $100,000 for a special flight home. By not going in the first place and seeking out treatment. Looking back, Speaker realizes he may have been able to raise the $100,000 to charter a flight home. He said he didn't because he didn't think he was a health risk to others.
"In hindsight you can try … say maybe I could have planned something out, maybe could have raised money," he said. "[But] understand at this whole time everyone told me I'm not contagious and no threat to anyone."
No threat? What is he thinking. As an ambulance chaser and personal injury lawyer he has had at some point read or heard about TB and how communicable this is. Thats if he forgot his high school history. A basic history class used to tell people of this and the effect it had on Americas history.
This idiot is nothing more then a typical lawyer. One who puts his own wants above the public interests. A true candidate for the ACLU and thier ilk. I mean how many people out there have been issued a summons. Go to court at the specified time. Then have to sit around at thier own expense for several hours before any attorny shows up. Basically these bastards abuse thier athority all the time.
If an average Joe shows up late they are held in contempt, but when a lawyer or the judge is late its ok. They come struting in when ever they please making all jump and dance for thier pleasure.
Speaker, a pathetic selfish individual just demonstrates how the whole proffesion is lacking in moral charecter and judgment. As long as they get unrealistic payments, and do what they want when they want will they be happy. Happy at the expense of those who foot the bills.