PHOENIX – A man who's been quarantined with deadly tuberculosis for nearly a year remains incarcerated at a Phoenix hospital — despite a court order authorizing his transfer to a top treatment center in Colorado.
Twenty-seven-year-old Robert Daniels suffers from an extremely drug-resistant form of TB, known as X-D-R.
He was placed in a jail ward at Maricopa Medical Center last August under court order after medical authorities complained that he'd endangered others.
Daniels remains in lockdown without visitors, exercise or a view of the outside world.
His attorney says the transfer papers signed June 29th by a county Superior Court commissioner were sought by county medical experts because Daniels' condition is deteriorating and he requires surgery.
The order authorizes Daniels' removal to National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver, which is nationally-known for treating respiratory diseases.
The reason for the delay in his transfer is not known.