Former patients of Dr. Harrington look to future

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Updated: 9/18/2013 7:12 pm Published: 9/18/2013 6:21 pm

Some dental patients of Dr. Scott Harrington express relief after getting back their test results, while others push forward with lawsuits.

"Well the first time when I was one of those 80 people in line I was real nervous and thinking oh God," Debra Owens, a former patient of Harrington, said as she recalled being tested in March for two forms of hepatitis and for HIV.

Owens said worrying about the test results distracted her from her job. She tested negative for all three, but had to go in for a second round of testing September 3.

"I was negative the first time for all three and I found out today I’m negative
for all three," she said. 

Like many former patients we spoke with, Owens initially met with a lawyer before she was confirmed not to have contracted a disease. Now that she knows for sure that she hasn't, she no longer wants to file a suit.

Civil attorney Paul Boudreaux said he still has three cases of former patients who did test positive for one of the three illnesses. 

"We believe that we can show that its more likely than not that these diseases were contracted by our clients through going to see Dr. Harrington," Boudreaux said. "Because of his specialty he is held to even higher degree of that than a general dentist."  

Boudreaux said many people told him they were distressed as a result of the testing process, but the state of Oklahoma does not allow people to financially collect for pain and suffering so they will not have a case.

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