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Andover woman files suit in hepatitis case





Linda Ficken, 70, Andover — one of three Hays Medical Center patients who has allegedly tested positive with a strain of the hepatitis C virus closely related to that carried by former contract worker David Kwiatkowski — had a civil suit filed in her behalf Tuesday in the court of common pleas in Allegheny County, Pa.

Defendants in the suit filed on behalf of Ficken and her husband, William, are UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, a Pittsburgh hospital, and two medical staffing agencies, Maxim Staffing Solutions and Medical Solutions.

Kwiatkowski was arrested July 19 in New Hampshire and charged with illegally obtaining drugs and tampering with a consumer product. He is accused of stealing drugs from Exeter Hospital and contaminating syringes that were used on patients.

Kwiatkowski also worked in the cath lab at HaysMed from May 24 to Sept. 22, 2010. Ficken was a patient at the hospital during the time of Kwiatkwoski's employment.

At least 32 people who were patients at Exeter have been identified as testing positive for a strain of hepatitis C closely related to the strain carried by Kwiatkowski.

For more, see Wednesday's Hays Daily News.