Nurse Sues NJ Governor for Ebola Involuntary Detainment
October 23rd, 2015
October 22, 2015- Do you remember the registered nurse who last year traveled back from a foreign country through Newark Liberty Airport and was quarantined against her will? This was during the height of the Ebola outbreak. Kaci Hickox, RN, was returning to the United States after working in Sierra Leone with Doctors Without Borders. After being interrogated at the airport, New Jersey's Governor Chris Christie had her quarantined at University Hospital in Newark New Jersey. She was not released until several days later. Nurse Hickox tested negative for Ebola.
A New York law firm and the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey have now filed a law suit on the registered nurse's behalf in Federal District Court in Newark. Nurse Hickox is suing Governor Christie, the former state health commissioner, Mary E. O'Dowd, and other department officials for involuntary detainment. She is seeking at least $250,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.