|Updated: 5/10/2013 9:12 am
||Published: 5/09/2013 11:05 pm
A Drumright mother has been waiting five weeks for her children's blood test results to come back from the Tulsa Health Department.
She asked not to be identified, but her three children, an 8-year-old daughter, and two 19-year-old sons, were all former patients of Dr. Scott Harrington. Harrington has been accused of possibly infecting more than 7,000 patients with infectious diseases like, hepatitis B, C, and HIV.
More than 3,800 people have tested with the Health Department since early April, and 70 have received positive test results for hepatitis C. Four have tested positive for hepatitis B and three have tested positive for HIV.
The mother said one of her 19-year-old sons received his test results back last week and they were negative. He was tested four days after his two siblings because the THD struggled to find his vein, according to the mother. Finally, he went to a hospital and then the hospital sent his blood to THD for testing.
"It leaves me wondering, why have not my other two children received their results back? Are theirs positive and they are re-testing? Did they lose the results?"
She is sitting on pins and needles waiting for the results.
"I have called the Tulsa Health Department and they confirmed they have my number and address and they said that their results were pending."
The one son whose results she did get back was the one she was most worried about. Both men had their teeth pulled by Harrington's staff last November. One of them felt sick afterward, and when she took him to the doctor his liver enzymes were elevated.
"I know that his negative results do not mean he will be negative forever, I will have to keep having this blood checked for the rest of his life."
The Oklahoma State University Medical Department is handling the results.