Ex-Good Samaritan nurse on Hepatitis C accusations: 'I deny these horrible allegations'
TACOMA, Wash. - A former emergency department nurse at Puyallup's Good Samaritan Hospital on Tuesday denied allegations that she was the source of Hepatits C found in two patients there.
The nurse, Cora Weberg, said at a news conference that she has never been diagnosed as a contagious carrier of Hepatitis C and has never "intentionally or unintentionally" injected any patient with a needle that she had previously used on herself.
"I deny these horrible allegations," Weberg said at the press conference, accompanied by her attorneys. "I have never thought I had Hepatitis C, and I never intentionally exposed anyone to Hepatitis C."
The former nurse said she has undergone drug tests during her time of employment at Good Samaritan Hospital and also has donated blood to the Red Cross - and never on any of those occasions was she diagnosed as having Hepatitis C or any other blood-borne pathogen.
Weberg did admit to taking discarded narcotic medications from the hospital in three previous unsuccessful attempts to commit suicide. But these medications had already been used on a patient and thrown into a discard barrel, she said.
Weberg was arrested Friday at the Canadian border crossing in Blaine, but she denied that she was trying to flee the country. Instead, she said she and her fiance were trying to leave on a long-planned vacation to Guam. She had return tickets that she had purchased months before.
Weberg's attorney said she was was released within a short time after her arrest, and pointed out that no charges have yet been filed against her.
Good Samaritan Hospital has notified 2,600 former emergency room patients that they should be tested for Hepatitis C after two patients tested positive for the disease. One of the two has filed a lawsuit against the hospital.
But Weberg's attorney says there is no "genetic or biological" link between the Hepatitis C found in the two patients and Weberg.