Former Houston tech sentenced in hepatitis case

A traveling medical technician who infected dozens of people with hepatitis C was sentenced to 39 years in prison Monday.

David Kwiatkowski was a cardiac technologist in 18 hospitals in seven states, including Houston Healthcare in Warner Robins.

Kwiatkowski was a contract worker there from October 2010 to March 2011.

So far, 46 people have been diagnosed with the same strain of hepatitis C he carries. The patients were in New Hampshire, Maryland, Kansas and Pennsylvania. Less than 100 people were tested locally, and no one tested positive.

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

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


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