NH hospital worker gets 39 years in hepatitis case - WNEM TV 5

NH hospital worker gets 39 years in hepatitis case

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LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) -

A traveling medical technician has been sentenced to 39 years in prison for infecting dozens of patients in four states with hepatitis C through tainted syringes.

David Kwiatkowski (kwiht-KOW'-skee) was a cardiac technologist in 18 hospitals in seven states before being hired at New Hampshire's Exeter Hospital in 2011.

The 34-year-old admitted stealing painkillers and replacing them with saline-filled syringes tainted with his blood.

Kwiatkowski had moved from job to job despite being fired at least four times over allegations of drug use and theft.

He pleaded guilty in August to 16 federal drug charges and was sentenced Monday in Concord, N.H.

Since his arrest last year, 46 people have been diagnosed with the same strain of hepatitis C he carries. The patients were in New Hampshire, Maryland, Kansas and Pennsylvania.

David Kwiatkowski has admitted stealing painkillers and replacing them with saline-filled syringes tainted with his blood.

He pleaded guilty in August to 16 federal drug charges under an agreement that gives him 30 to 40 years in prison.

Thirty-four-year-old Kwiatkowski worked in 19 hospitals. He was hired at New Hampshire's Exeter Hospital in 2011.

Kwiatkowski became a radiology technician in 2003 in Michigan after completing a training program.

He earned a degree two years later from Livonia's Madonna University in Livonia, where he was a catcher on the baseball team.

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