A TRAVELLING medical technician has been condemned to 39 years in jail for infecting dozens of patients in 4 US states with hepatitis C.
David Kwiatkowski, 34, was a cardiac technologist in 18 hospitals in 7 states before being hired during New Hampshire’s Exeter Hospital in 2011.
He had changed from pursuit to pursuit notwithstanding being dismissed during slightest 4 times over allegations of drug use and theft. Since his detain final year, 46 people have been diagnosed with a same aria of hepatitis C he carries.
Kwiatkowski certified hidden painkillers and replacing them with saline-filled syringes sinister with his blood. He pleaded guilty in Aug to 16 sovereign drug charges.
He apologised on Monday, observant he was really contemptible what he done.
Prosecutors had pushed for a 40-year jail sentence, observant he combined a “national open health crisis,” put a poignant series of people during risk and caused estimable earthy and romantic mistreat to a vast series of victims.
Defence lawyers argued that a 30-year visualisation would improved change a earnest of a crimes opposite Kwiatkowski’s mental and romantic problems and his obsession to drugs and alcohol, that they pronounced dark his judgment.
In all, 32 patients were putrescent in New Hampshire, 7 in Maryland, 6 in Kansas and one in Pennsylvania. Kwiatkowski, 34, also worked in Michigan, New York, Arizona and Georgia.
Two of a 16 charges branch from a box of a Kansas studious who has given died. Authorities contend hepatitis C, a blood-borne pathogen that can means liver illness and ongoing health problems, played a contributing role.
Linda Ficken, 71, of Andover, Kansas, was one of dual Kansas victims attending Monday’s sentencing hearing. She underwent a cardiac catheterszation during Hays Medical Centre in Hays, Kansas, in 2010, and pronounced she is condemned by a memory of Kwiatkowski station during her bedside for some-more than an hour, requesting vigour to a catheter’s entrance site in her leg to control a draining problem.
Ms Ficken pronounced final week that while she has struggled with tired given her diagnosis, a bigger blow came final month when her hermit was diagnosed with leukemia and was told he needs a branch dungeon transplant. While siblings mostly are a closest match, she can’t present since of her hepatitis C status.
In a created matter to a court, she told Kwiatkowski she would like to see him spend a rest of his life “locked divided from society, in a jail that provides we a ultimate ruin on earth that we so deserve.”