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Woman Sues Exeter Hospital After Contracting Hepatitis C from Infected Husband

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Christine Eke4 years ago

Linda Sanborn is suing Exeter Hospital in Hampstead, New Hampshire after she contracted hepatitis C from her husband, Butch Sanborn, who was infected after his hospitalization at Exeter. The outbreak at the hospital infected 32 people, and 27 of them (including Linda Sanborn) have been grouped together as civil lawsuits filed in relation to the outbreak.

Sanborn's Hepatitis C Infection

  • According ot Sea Coast Online, Mrs. Sanborn claims she contracted hepatitis C from “intimate contact” with her husband.
  • Mr. Sanborn contracted the virus when he was a patient at the hospital's cardiac catheterization lab in January 2012; he was diagnosed with hepatitis C in May 2012 at a medical center in Boston.
  • The lawsuit states that “This intimate contact would have preceded Butch's diagnosis,” and that Mrs. Sanborn “took reasonable and appropriate precautions after Butch became diagnosed with hepatitis C,” but it was determined that she became infected “with the same strain of hepatitis C as a result of intimate contact between Butch and Linda.”
  • Mr. Sanborn’s lawsuit had since been settled with the hospital.

Details of the Hepatitis C Outbreak

  • David Kwiatkowski is the former Exeter Hospital employee charged with causing the outbreak through drug diversion—using legal prescriptions drugs for illegal or recreational purposes.
  • He has worked in at least 17 other hospitals in Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Arizona, Kansas and Georgia from 2003 to 2011; a total of 14 patients in Kansas and Maryland have also confirmed hepatitis C infections connected to him.
  • State health officials stated that an individual had contracted hepatitis C through sexual contact with one of the previously reported confirmed cases related to Exeter Hospital.
  • Kwiatkowski recently pleaded guilty to federal charges and will be sentenced December 3rd.
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