Several BMC patients exposed to Hepatitis B
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Several patients at Boston Medical Center received phone calls saying they may have been exposed to Hepatitis B.
“I’d probably only been home an hour and the phone rang and it was a gentleman from BMC, telling me that I had been exposed to Hepatitis B because their dialysis machine hadn't been cleaned properly,” said Joan Cooper.
At her Weymouth home Easter Sunday, Cooper relives the phone call that's changed her life.
“I can’t even tell you what that felt like, it’s almost like I just removed
myself, and you know, could barely hear what he was saying,” said Cooper.
Cooper is battling a rare kidney disease and says she received four rounds of dialysis at BMC in mid-March, but now she fears she may have been exposed to Hepatitis B.
“I feel betrayed,” she said.
And Cooper may not be the only one at risk. In a statement, the hospital says: “Recently, we became aware that a small number of patients were potentially exposed to Hepatitis B virus and five patients are potentially at risk from the exposure.”
The hospital didn't elaborate further- only to say they're monitoring those patients closely.
“My level of mistrust now is very, very high,” said Cooper. “I would've liked an apology, not only for me but for the other patients.”
Cooper says it could be months before she knows whether she has the virus.
“What I really want is for people to know that you have the right to question any medical person…you question what they're doing, how they’re doing it, why they’re doing it, if it was done. If you don't like an answer that you get, you refuse the treatment until its safe. I wish I had done that for myself,” said Cooper.
Cooper said she will not return to Boston Medical Center and that this is another burden on top of an already difficult disease to fight.