The Miami Herald
February 9, 2001

U.S. nurse reemerges, denies she aids rebels

 MANAGUA -- (AP) -- Denying she treats leftist rebels in Nicaragua, a U.S. nurse
 left her hiding place of two months Thursday following the suspension of a
 deportation order against her.

 Dorothy Granada said she planned to return to her rural clinic Tuesday, and she
 believed the government wouldn't stop her.

 "I am confident that they will let me work in Nicaragua because my job is for the
 poor,'' Granada told reporters. "The people that we care for at the clinic are
 liberals, Sandinistas, conservatives. We don't make distinctions. We only see
 who needs to be seen.''

 The government ordered Granada expelled in December, accusing the 70-year-old
 nurse of treating members of the Andrés Castro United Front, a leftist paramilitary group
 of ex-Sandinista soldiers, and performing abortions, which are illegal here.

Granada said she plans to return to her rural clinic.

 Numerous human rights groups opposed the deportation order, and a group of
 U.S. congressmen sent a letter dated Feb. 2 asking the government to reverse its
 decision. On Tuesday, a Nicaraguan court suspended the order while a higher
 court rules on Granada's appeal of the decision.

 On Thursday, Granada said police investigated her and never found proof that she
 performed abortions. She also said that the last time she cared for members of
 the Andrés Castro United Front was in 1997, at the request of the Red Cross.

 Granada, who is from California, arrived in Nicaragua in 1990 and established a
 clinic in Mulukukú village, 150 miles northeast of Managua. The village had served
 as a training center for Sandinista soldiers.