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Arizona TB patient to have surgery

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Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2007 1:54 pm | Updated: 7:35 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

DENVER - A tuberculosis patient says today's surgery to remove his left lung is not much to worry about.

But 27-year-old Robert Daniels does have a lot on his mind -- like the possibility of going back to Phoenix.

Daniels arrived at National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver on July 19th, having been sent from the county jail ward at Maricopa Medical Center.

Yesterday, he called those conditions "hell," saying there were no windows, no hot water, no opportunities to walk, and cameras all over the place.

Daniels is scheduled to undergo surgery this afternoon at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora. The procedure is expected to take three or four hours.

Daniels was ordered confined to the hospital jail ward in Phoenix last August because medical officials said he has a drug-resistant form of tuberculosis and had endangered others by not wearing a surgical mask in public.

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