Jun 19, 2015 1:57 PM
Newsweek cover tells story of former Exeter Hospital lab tech who infected 45 patients with Hep C
EXETER - The story of David Kwiatkowski, the former lab tech at Exeter Hospital who was arrested for infecting people with hepatitis C, is the cover story on the latest Newsweek.
Titled "Hospital Horror Story: Confessions of a Night Shift Junkie," the article is based largely on a six-hour interview and other communications with Kwiatkowski. The article describes what Kwiatkowski saw and heard over his many years jumping from hospital to hospital feeding his drug addiction and infecting innocent patients.
Kwiatkowski, who had hepatitis C himself, is serving a 39-year sentence for infecting dozens of people with the potentially fatal virus that attacks the liver. He had worked as a hospital medical technician for hospitals in multiple states, including Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania, before he arrived at Exeter Hospital.
Kwiatkowski stole syringes of the painkiller fentanyl from patients who were scheduled for surgery. After injecting himself, he replaced the dirty needle and refilled the vials with saline to conceal his addiction. At least 45 people were subsequently diagnosed with hepatitis C as a result of the dirty needles.