A local man was recently contacted by UPMC because they said he may have hepatitis C.
UMPC contacted Bob Alberts, a former patient at the hospital, because David Kwiatkowski, an infected man accused of using syringes meant for patients at other hospitals nationwide, worked there while Alberts was hospitalized.
According to Alberts, UPMC sent him a letter suggesting he get tested because he was a patient at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in 2008.
“I’m just scared to death that something is going to happen here. I can’t afford to get this on top of all the complications I have now,” Alberts said. “Now when I had what they thought was a stroke, I was admitted to Presby’s neurological intensive care unit, and that’s where the letter generated from. I guess the guy who gave me the pain medication.”
Alberts told Channel 11's Alan Jennings that since receiving the letter, his stress levels are unbearable because he's still recovering from getting MRSA, serious type of bacterial infection, following a heart stent procedure, as well as battling diabetes.
UPMC released the following statement Thursday about the letter: “Letters to about 2,000 patients who underwent procedures or were treated in the area where David Kwiatkowski worked, regardless of whether or not he was directly involved in their care, were mailed several weeks ago.”
Alberts said the scare extends to his wife, who has liver disease.
"My wife has liver disease and I'm diabetic. She handles my needles all the time, and if she pokes herself, and I have hepatitis C, that could be the end of my wife," Alberts said.