TB Patient to Undergo Lung Surgery

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Andrew Speaker says he's preparing for surgery Tuesday to remove the diseased portion of his right lung.

Speaker is the Atlanta attorney with tuberculosis who sparked an international health scare in May. He tells CNN the expectation is that the operation will rid him of the disease.

The 31-year-old man was the focus of a federal investigation when he went ahead with a wedding trip to Europe after health officials advised him not to fly. After returning to the U.S., he became the first American quarantined by the federal government in more than 40 years. He's now at a Denver hospital.

Doctors initially reported Speaker had a drug-resistant form of tuberculosis but later testing showed he had a less serious form of the disease.

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