By Mike Dougherty
TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) – A nurse who spent time in Africa during the Ebola outbreak is suing Governor Chris Christie and members of his administration, who ordered her to be quarantined once she returned to the US.
Kaci Hickox was working in Sierra Leone with Doctors Without Borders. Her Lawyer, Norman Seigel, says she’s seeking $250,000 because Christie had no legal basis to detain her. She was held for nearly 80 hours at a hospital in Newark.
“The temperature readings, the blood tests demonstrated, there was no basis for doing what they did to her,” Seigel says.
Seigel says no scientific or medical explanation was given:
“It was a political decision, perhaps pandering to the fear that existed a year ago in this country about Ebola.”
Christie has said he made the decision to ensure public health.