Cora Weber, the nurse suspected of spreading hepatitis C, admitted taking drugs thrown away from the hospital where she worked, but denied having the virus or reusing needles on patients. Her lawyers also stress that she is a regular blood donor. ( Justin Sullivan | Getty Images )
A nurse arrested for suspected hepatitis C at a MultiCare Good Samaritan hospital in Puyallup, Washington denies having the virus or drugs to take.
Nurse Potentially Infects Thousands with Hepatitis C
For those who did not know it, the hospital issued a press release on April 30, warning that 2,600 patients were going through a period of eight months the emergency department had gone, were exposed to hepatitis C
The hospital said it contacted patients at risk of exposure and offered free tests and treatments for the infected. Following the revelation, a man who contracted hepatitis C after visiting the Puyallup Good Samaritan ER filed a lawsuit against the hospital, and things are far from dying.
The Puyallup Good Samaritan Hospital said that it believes a nurse will deliver parts of the painkillers that are intended for patients and inject them into themselves, then with the same needles to patients. The nurse in question was later identified as Cora Weberg.
Nurse Receives Her Permit
Last week, the authorities arrested Weberg on the border with Canada when she attempted to leave the country on a planned trip. She was released shortly after she was posted to Pierce County Jail, but the Washington State Department of Health has suspended her license.
According to state officials, two patients receiving Weberg painkillers later found out they had hepatitis C. Patients are still being tested to see if they have been infected with the virus.
Nurse refuses Hepatitis C
Weberg, in turn, has admitted stealing discarded painkillers such as fentanyl and hydromorphone from the hospital. She denies, however, to use the drugs and to share needles with patients. At the same time she also denies the virus and refutes the allegations that she has spread hepatitis C.
During a press conference at a law firm, Weberg said she had cooperated with the authorities. Her lawyers meanwhile said she could not infect these two patients with hepatitis C, but health officials and the police were looking for a scapegoat.
The stolen drugs were for a failed suicide attempt
After confessing discarded pain to stealing drugs from the hospital, Weberg said she took her because she intended to commit suicide. However, she emphasized that she never shared needles with patients, and she never had hepatitis C, which could contaminate others.
"From that moment on, I do not think I'm a contagious carrier of hepatitis C," she
Weyer's lawyer Bryan Hersman challenged the authority and honesty of the law enforcement agency, as Weberg never had hepatitis C. He claims that the nurse had a blood test when the examination started and she had passed Second Blood Test, which was inconclusive.
"Obviously there is a very low level of a pathogen in my blood that can make hepatitis C, but not at the low levels found in my blood," said Weberg.
Regular blood donor
In addition, Weber's lawyers point out that she has so far had no hepatitis C and so far remained undetected because she regularly donated blood. The lawyers said they had contacted the Red Cross and confirmed that Weber was a blood donor and that her blood was clean.
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