Defiant Nurse Kaci Hickox has given the State of Maine an ultimatum — lift her Ebola quarantine by Thursday, or prepare to battle it out in court.
“I am not going to sit around and be bullied by politicians and forced to stay in my home when I am not a risk to the American public,” Hickox, who has tested negative for the deadly virus, said Wednesday. “I will go to court to fight for my freedom.”
The nurse, who previously defied New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie when he had her placed in a medical detention center upon her arrival at Newark Liberty International Airport, has been ordered to stay inside her Fort Kent home until Nov. 10, which is when her 21-day incubation period expires.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage posted a state trooper outside her door, ordering authorities to keep tabs on her. “We hoped that the health care worker would voluntarily comply with these protocols, but this individual has stated publicly she will not,” the Republican governor said in a statement.
Maine officials were expected to seek a court order granting them the authority to arrest Hickox if she leaves home.
But Hickox, 33, who volunteered to work in West Africa to help combat the epidemic, said that keeping her cooped up makes no sense. “We have been in negotiations all day with the state and tried to resolve this amicably, but they will not allow me to leave my house,” she told reporters Wednesday night, according to NBC News.
“I’m fighting for something much more than myself. There are so many aid workers coming back and it scares me to think of how they are going to be treated, how they are going to feel.”
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SOURCE: JULIA BAYLY, SHAYNA JACOBS, CORKY SIEMASZKO
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS