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Mon Dec 2, 2013, 06:45 PM Dec 2013

U.S. hospital worker sentenced to 39 years for spreading hepatitis [View all]

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - A former New Hampshire hospital technician who caused dozens of people to become infected with hepatitis after injecting himself with stolen pain killers was sentenced to 39 years in prison on Monday.

David Kwiatkowski, 34, admitted in August to leaving dirty syringes for hospital use for years despite knowing he was infected with hepatitis C. He pleaded guilty to obtaining controlled substances by fraud and tampering with a consumer product.

He was sentenced on Monday by U.S. District Judge Joseph Laplante in Concord, New Hampshire.

"The whole reason I got into healthcare was to help people, and my addiction took that away," Kwiatkowski told the court before being sentenced. "I cannot begin to tell you how much it hurts me ... I don't blame the families for hating me. I hate myself."

Kwiatkowski worked as a traveling medical technician in at least eight states for nearly a decade before he was arrested last year while working at Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire.

Read more: http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/12/02/usa-crime-hepatitis-idINL2N0JH1CB20131202

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