WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Police arrested Washington nurse Cora Weberg last week, as prosecutors claim she stole injectable drugs and knowingly infected at least two patients with hepatitis C.
- The MultiCare Health System has already informed the two patients treated by the nurse at Puyallup’s Good Samaritan Hospital.
- Weberg could face second-degree assault charges.
In a safety alert issued by the MultiCare Health System last week, “Good Samaritan and local and state health department officials have conducted a thorough investigation and determined that one of our nurses was removing higher-than-normal amounts of narcotics from our dispensing system and admitted to diverting medications intended for patients.”
People who visited the emergency room between August 2017 and March 2018 were also advised to have tests done. The two patients were informed that they were infected while at the hospital.
Puyallup police stated that Weberg “intentionally contaminated medicine or another substance with her own blood.” It was said by workers from Good Samaritan Hospital however, that Weberg was “surprised” she had the virus after taking a test in March.
And while a link has been established by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department between the viruses that the two patients contracted at the hospital, a conclusive genetic link between the patients and the nurse has not been found.
It was also reportedly stated by Weberg that her exposure to hepatitis C was not strong enough to infect other people.
The police arrested her at the Canadian border as she was about to embark on a planned vacation to Guam with her boyfriend.
Ryan Portman, a police spokesman, stated that although investigators “would have liked to have developed some more evidence” before arresting her, they already “were working under a time crunch with her leaving the country.”
Bryan Hershman, Weberg’s attorney, attested, “They can draw no connection to my client, none, and they’ve tried. So what they know is, they’re facing civil litigation, and they’ve got to find a scapegoat. What better person than someone who’s got some narcotics issues, right?”
A man has sued MultiCare Health System when he contracted hepatitis C while being treated for kidney stones, stating how he now “has to live with severe emotional and mental anguish.”
Hepatitis C affects the liver when the virus enters a person’s system, typically through exposure to the blood of an infected person, and usually transmitted when sharing needles.
Symptoms can include stomach ache, vomiting, or yellow eyes or skin.
Free treatment has been promised by MultiCare to anyone infected while at the hospital, with the assurance that an infected person should be cured of hepatitis C when treated.
Source: Fox News