Posted in Crime, Health, Life, Pain

Nov 5th 2012: Worst Day of My Life: Fungal Meningitis Diagnosis

My life was changed completely after receiving an Epidural Steroid Injection on September 25, 2012. I lost my health and my ability to work as a result of the contaminated steroid. Contaminated with fungus — black mold.

 

After a month spent going to the Emergency Room 6 or 7 times, I was finally diagnosed with fungal meningitis. I say finally because I was in major pain from head to toe. Apparently fungi spores take a long time to grow so MRIs and lumbar punctures were coming up negative.  

 

I retained a law firm once I was officially informed that I had fungal meningitis. My son, Justin (An attorney and judge.) located a reputable and aggressive law firm. 

 

This is what was growing inside my spinal fluid.

 

 Mold Grows in Patient's Spinal Fluid

 

 

 

NECC closed down in 2012 after it was tied to the outbreak and inspections found serious sterility issues at its Framingham, MA, plant. It filed for bankruptcy protection in December. A bankruptcy judge ordered the owners to keep their hands off about $21 million they received in salary and shareholder distributions in 2012 that were only recently uncovered, Reuters reported. The private company’s largest shareholder,

 

Carla Conigliaro, extracted nearly $9 million from the company last year. And MSN News quoted court documents that show the owners received more than $70.5 million in payouts over the last 6 years. NECC said much of the money distributed last year was to cover taxes. Right! They needed 70 million for taxes. I sincerely doubt that is an honest explanation.

 

There was no shame nor concern for the health and lives of the patients who received these contaminated injections. They have a Me-first attitude which explains some of their heinous and despicable actions. Three years later victims of these awful people continue to have health issues that may never be resolved. This sort of thing should never happen. Ever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Crime, Health, Justice

I Am A Victim of NECC

Mold Grows in Patient's Spinal Fluid
Mold Grows in Patient’s Spinal Fluid

Fortunately for all victims of NECC (New England Compounding Company) our justice system does work albeit slower than molasses in January. Because I “have been identified by law enforcement” at the federal level, I receive advance information on all conferences, meetings and court dates associated with the trial of the 14 people under indictment by the FBI.

As mentioned in my previous blog post, Killer Pharmacy: Inside a Medical Mass Murder Case, multiple criminal acts were continuously and knowingly committed by NECC while manufacturing drugs over many years. As a victim I have suffered physically, emotionally and mentally after being injected with an epidural steroid contaminated with fungus. The black mold variety. So it should be fairly easy to understand my eagerness with seeing justice served in the impending criminal cases.

The Killer Pharmacy
NECC: The Killer Pharmacy

Today an interim status conference will be held before Magistrate Judge Jennifer Boal. In addition to the previously scheduled interim status conferences set for September 3, 2015 and November 5, 2105 at 11:30 a.m. before Magistrate Judge Jennifer Boal, additional court dates have been scheduled.

A status hearing is scheduled before Judge Jennifer Boal for December 3, 2015, 02:30 PM at Courtroom 14, John Joseph Moakley Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, Boston, MA for defendant(s) Glenn A. Chin, Barry J. Cadden, Gene Svirskiy, Christopher M. Leary, Joseph M. Evanosky, Scott M. Connolly, Sharon P. Carter, Alla V. Stepanets, Gregory A. Conigliaro, Robert A. Ronzio, Kathy S. Chin, Michelle L. Thomas, Carla R. Conigliaro, Douglas A. Conigliaro. The purpose of this hearing is to determine if there are issues that the Court needs to address and to schedule any necessary future court dates.

A status hearing is scheduled before Judge Jennifer Boal for January 7, 2016, 02:30 PM at Courtroom 14, John Joseph Moakley Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, Boston, MA for defendant(s) Glenn A. Chin, Barry J. Cadden, Gene Svirskiy, Christopher M. Leary, Joseph M. Evanosky, Scott M. Connolly, Sharon P. Carter, Alla V. Stepanets, Gregory A. Conigliaro, Robert A. Ronzio, Kathy S. Chin, Michelle L. Thomas, Carla R. Conigliaro, Douglas A. Conigliaro. The purpose of this hearing is to determine if there are issues that the Court needs to address and to schedule any necessary future court dates.

A trial date has been scheduled for April 4, 2016 before Judge Richard Stearns. A pretrial status conference has been scheduled for February 10, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. before Judge Richard Stearns. As the trial date draws near you will receive victim assistance information about the trial process and procedures.

Posted in Crime, Fungal Meningitis, Health, Justice, Pain

NECC: Killer Pharmacy

Killer Pharmacy: Inside a Medical Mass Murder Case

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From Newsweek’s Article

“On September 24, 2010, a seemingly innocuous exchange of business cards during the Freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Center Association trade show held in Franklin, Tennessee initiated a sequence of events which would lead to “horrific, tortuous deaths of the first victims in a mass killing that trailed from New England to Tennessee, from Michigan to North Carolina.

Ironically, that exchange of business cards occurred nearly two years to the day (September 25, 2012) when I was injected with an epidural steroid contaminated with fungus. Black mold. The kind of mold that requires a thorough cleaning and detoxification should it get into a home due to flooding. I didn’t die, obviously, but my health along with my occupation (which had defined me for nearly 30 years) was stolen from me. Far worse, 64 lives were stolen. Ripped from loved ones due to unimaginable greed and disregard for human life displayed by the actions of NECC (New England Compounding Center).

This was the worst U.S. public health disaster ever according to the CDC. I live in Michigan which is the state hardest hit by fungal meningitis. If this were a natural disaster, our state would have been granted funds to clean up the mess. After nearly three years, victims are still paying the price. Jobs lost, health compromised as well as continued need for medical intervention. Damage caused by fungal meningitis and/or the anti-fungal medication (side effects similar to chemotherapy as well as possible kidney or liver damage) still impact victims.

NECC was the culprit but federal and state regulators, those agencies put in place by government to protect citizens, did not adequately perform their job. Agencies too often overrun by bureaucracy, complacency or lacking the power to enforce regulations.

From Newsweek’s Article:

Despite the scale of the killings and the scope of the investigations, the inside story of the events that led to the lethal outbreak and its discovery is being told for the first time here. Newsweek’s examination of the NECC deaths was pieced together from emails, order forms, investigators’ notes, drug company and court records, and sworn statements of participants, as well as interviews with people connected to the case.”

Posted in Children, Health, Life, Parenting

3D Ultrasounds

A Blind Mother Gets A 3D Ultrasound of Her Unborn Baby

Tatiana Guerre is blind so she’d ask her doctor to describe the ultrasound of her baby. Can you imagine being asked to describe something like that? Even more astonishing her doctors created a 3D ultrasound so she could feel the ultrasound. Now that’s amazing!

Who knew there was a 3D ultrasound? Science and medicine continue to amaze with the advances made.