'Definition of Evil': Lab Tech Guilty of Infecting Patients
David Kwiatkowski gets 39 years for infecting people with hepatitis C
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2013 5:00 PM CST
This undated file photo provided by the US Attorney's Office in New Hampshire shows David Kwiatkowski, a former lab technician at Exeter, NH.   (. AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office, File)

(Newser) – A hospital lab technician in New Hampshire was sentenced today to 39 years in prison for using syringes that later infected at least 46 people with hepatitis C, ABC News reports. David Kwiatkowski, 34, admitted that he stole syringes intended for patients, injecting their anesthetic fentanyl into his arm and filling the syringes with saline. In so doing, he passed his hepatitis C onto patients. At least one of them died in part because of hepatitis C, according to a coroner.

"If he knew that he was infected and he put those needles back on the shelf, that is the definition of evil," said a medical analyst. "Anyone who was in those hospitals when he was working there is potentially at risk. We're talking tens of thousands of people." Kwiatkowski had apparently been kicked off hospital jobs for syringe-switching before, but just found work at other hospitals. In fact, less than two weeks being fired at a Pittsburgh hospital in 2008, he was employed at the VA Medical Center in Baltimore—where one of his patients contracted Kwiatkowski's strain of hepatitis C.

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slammer
Dec 3, 2013 8:44 PM CST
hanging time again!
mostunusual
Dec 3, 2013 7:41 PM CST
Definition of lousy reporting. He was an anesthesia tech. Lab techs don't deal with medications. A massive failure to not catch him long ago. The NSA has his information, but they're only interested in .........................................................................stuff that affects the !%.
Butchy
Dec 3, 2013 1:19 PM CST
This will for sure sound crazy to some of you, especially if buy into all that the FDA and US Medical employees tell you. But I am being completely serious when I say this. You CAN get rid of Hepatitis C. My dad was confirmed with it when he was in his last 30's. Four years ago, his doctor asked him what he had been doing to change his health, because the Hapatitis C was gone. I'm not entirely sure what caused this, but my best bet is Limu and our Ozone Machine. You can go to Limu.com for information on that. And you can look up Ozone Machines, but you can no longer buy them. The Obama Administration(no joke) has since banned them from being sold in the U.S. Reason why? Because they would actually cure health issues that doctor's would deem irreversble. If you dont believe me, well then dont and have fun believing lies.