Technician in Hepatitis Case is Sentenced to 20 Years

September 28, 2009

The New York Times is reporting that Kristen D. Parker, 26, a former hospital surgical technician who may have infected dozens of surgical patients with hepatitis C by stealing their pain medication and swapping back needles contaminated by the virus she carried pleaded guilty on Friday to federal drug charges. Parker accepted a 20-year prison sentence in a plea agreement with federal prosecutors. Twenty-seven patients at two Colorado hospitals where Parker worked have tested positive for hepatitis C and have been linked to her care, according to state health records. To read further, CLICK HERE.