DENVER (AP) _ An Atlanta attorney will have surgery next month to remove lung tissue infected with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, hospital officials said Thursday.
Andrew Speaker will have surgery at the University of Colorado Hospital in suburban Aurora, but the exact date has not been set.
Speaker is ``an excellent candidate for surgery,'' said Dr. Charles Daley, head of infectious diseases at National Jewish Medical and Research Center, where Speaker is being treated.
``The infected area of his lung is relatively small and well contained. He is also young and otherwise healthy,'' Daley said.
The infected area is about the size of a tennis ball, hospital officials said.
The operation, combined with antibiotics Speaker is taking, should improve his chances of recovery, the hospital said in a written statement.
Speaker sparked an international scare when health officials tried to find and isolate him because his strain of TB is considered exceptionally dangerous.