the small farming community of Fremont, Nebraska, townspeople welcomed
Dr. Tahir Javed, an acclaimed doctor as the first full-time oncologist
at the new, local cancer treatment center. But the fanfare soon turned
into a nightmare when 857 cancer patients were subjected to a deadly,
blood-borne virus passed on by reused, contaminated syringes during
chemotherapy treatments. In all, ninety-nine of these
patients were diagnosed with the hepatitis C virus, making this incident
the largest healthcare-transmission outbreak in United States history
undergoing breast cancer treatment at the Fremont clinic, Evelyn
McKnight contracted the virus. A Never Event chronicles the true
account of her experience, as well as the stories of several other
victims of the outbreak. It is co-written with Travis Bennington, a practicing civil trial attorney who successfully represented nineteen victims of the Nebraska hepatitis C tragedy.
A Never Event -
a term used to describe a preventable medical tragedy-is a searing
story of recklessness, deception and betrayal. It's part mystery, part
While A Never Event
reveals the story of the Nebraska hepatitis C outbreak, there have been
130,000 patients in cities throughout America that have received
letters notifying them of possible exposure to blood-borne diseases in
the last ten years. The facts are startling: healthcare providers have
reused syringes and other equipment intended for one time use to save
time and money, so they can cram more procedures (and profits) into a
“I went to the doctor to be healed of cancer, but I came away with a second life-threatening illness,” says Ms. McKnight. “There is a huge sense of betrayal.”
“History untold is history repeated,” says co-author Travis Bennington. “By telling the story of the Nebraska hepatitis C tragedy, we hope future communities will be spared such pain and suffering.”
"A harrowing account ... I commend [McKnight's] advocacy and efforts to raise awareness about healthcare-related infections and other potentially life-threatening
-Hon. Shelley Berkley, Congresswoman, Nevada
"The wake-up call to doctors, nurses and to patients."
-Joe Hardy, MD, Nevada State Assembly
"A must-read for patients."
-Charles Stokes, President and CEO, CDC Foundation
"[McKnight's] story has provided hope to people across the nation."
-Lawrence Sands, DO, MPH