Judges GavelA hospital lab technician named David Kwiatkowski has been accused of infecting 46 patients with hepatitis C.  He allegedly infected the patients by injecting them with contaminated needles.  According to a source, “at least one patient reportedly died as a result of being infected with Kwiatkowski's strain of hep C.”

How Did the Needles Become Tainted with Hep C?

Kwiatkowski apparently stole syringes filled with fentanyl, a type of painkiller, from presurgical patients.  He then injected himself with these syringes.  This caused the syringes to become contaminated with his blood that was infected with hepatitis C.  To make matters worse, Kwiatkowski placed saline solution in the infected syringes and replaced them for use on the presurgical patients.  Unfortunately, the presurgical patients who were supposed to be injected with the painkiller were instead injected with saline solution that had Kwiatkowski's strain of hepatitis C on the syringe.

Lab Technician Pleads Guilty in Hepatitis C Case:

According to ABA Journal, Kwiatkowski pled guilty “to 16 federal drug counts in New Hampshire and Kansas.”  The guilty plea in New Hampshire included “seven counts of tampering with a consumer product and seven counts of obtaining controlled substances by fraud.”  Based on the terms of the plea agreement, Kwiatkowski may spend 30 to 40 years in prison.

In my opinion, 30 to 40 years in prison is not enough time for such a cruel act.  I hope Kwiatkowski pays the price for his appalling actions.

What are your thoughts?