Monday, June 04, 2007

'Parents of TB Patient Are 'In Hell' - And Yet Still Not Getting It

These 'rents may think they are helping, but even if Speaker wasn't prohibited to board a plane to get to his wedding, their excuses for why he boarded one (again, kids, via Canada) are still weaker than an opera singers cough in act one:

Despite warnings from federal health officials not to board another long flight, he flew home for treatment, fearing he wouldn't survive if he didn't reach the U.S., he said.

The family said that a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official told them the only way for him to get back to America from Italy would be to hire a private plane.

But the parents said they are not rich and could not have easily afforded a private jet.

"We work hard," said Betsy Cooksey, a school teacher and mother of Andrew Speaker's new bride, Sarah. "We're not in careers that are high paying."
Right, and so screw everyone else on that plane, right? And their families? And their health? Andrew Speaker was so worried about surviving he was willing to jeopardize others?

Someone should muffle these people before they attempt to excuse this incident again.

2 comments:

Bethany Fischer said...

allaegedly they taped conversations with CDC officials where they were told repeatedly that he wasn't contagious.

They thought that he was being told not to travel becasue they wanted to use their kid as a science experiment, not becasue he was a risk to others.

All very interesting.

cd said...

Yeah, that was for the advice BEFORE they found out he was drug resistant - at least that was my reading of the article. When he was in Paris, he got a call saying "DON'T FLY!"

And then we get the explanation that he was scared for his health (but no one else's) and that his parents aren't rich folks who can hire a private jet.

I'm sure that's true, but it doesn't make him less of a potential danger.

And I still think that he flew back via Canada shows that he knew it was wrong, that taking a US carrier via a US port of entry would've resulted in his capture (for lack of a better word) and that he's a jerk.