In the small farming community of Fremont, Nebraska, townspeople eagerly welcomed an acclaimed doctor as the first full-time oncologist at their new cancer treatment center — but the fanfare soon turned into a nightmare.
During chemotherapy treatments, 857 patients who were already waging the fights of their lives against cancer, were inexplicably exposed to the deadly, blood-borne hepatitis C virus. At least ninety-nine of them contracted the lethal illness. The horror was unprecedented—this was the largest healthcare-transmitted outbreak of hepatitis C in American history.
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 courtroom drama.
Written by a survivor of the tragedy and an attorney who represented many of the victims, A Never Event is a wake-up call to medical and legal communities nationwide.
Evelyn is a wife, mother and audiologist from Fremont, Nebraska. She is one of a hundred cancer survivors who contracted hepatitis C through health-care transmission at the Fremont Cancer Center in 2000–2001. Using the money from her settlement against the oncology clinic, she co-founded the patient advocacy foundation HONOReform, which has been recognized by CBS, CNN’s American Morning, USA Today, The Associated Press and Newsday. She is married to Dr. Thomas McKnight, a family physician who helped uncover the Nebraska outbreak.
A practicing civil trial attorney, Travis was one of the attorneys who represented victims of the Nebraska outbreak in their civil actions against Dr. Tahir Ali Javed, the nurses who worked for him, the Fremont Cancer Center and the Fremont Area Medical Center. Nineteen of the Nebraska Outbreak victims were his clients, neighbors and friends. Mr. Bennington is also a co-founder of HONOReform.
Hon. Shelley Berkley, congresswoman, Nevada
Lawrence Sands, DO, MPH
Charles Stokes, president and CEO, CDC Foundation
Joe Hardy, MD, Nevada State Assembly