CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The plea agreement reached by a traveling hospital worker accused of stealing drugs and infecting patients with hepatitis C in New Hampshire describes in new detail the distress and pain some of them have suffered.
One man hasn't been able to return to work. Another has trouble sleeping. A third won't kiss his wife on the lips even though the blood-borne virus can't be spread that way.
All were prepared to testify against David Kwiatkowski (kwiht-KOW'-skee) at trial. Instead, he is scheduled to plead guilty Wednesday to 14 drug charges in exchange for 30 to 40 years in prison.
Forty-six people in four states in hospitals where Kwiatkowski worked have been diagnosed with the same strain of hepatitis C he carries. With the plea, he will avoid criminal charges elsewhere.
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