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Kentucky Woman's Meningitis Death Boosts Toll To 15

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by Janet Kim

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/NewsChannel 5) - A southern Kentucky woman has died at a Nashville hospital of complications from fungal meningitis.

St. Thomas Hospital spokeswoman Rebecca Climer said 71-year-old Carol Wetton of Guthrie, Ky., died Tuesday of complications from an original infection.

NewsChannel 5 spoke with Carol over the phone back in October as she underwent treatment for the meningitis. Wetton said she received one of those tainted steroid shots in September, and began experiencing symptoms a few days later.

She told us then she directly blamed the New England Compounding Center-- the facility that produced those drugs-- for her illness.

Her family says she was fighting until the last day to stay alive.

"She was determined to live and she was determined to go home," said Diana Cottrell, Wetton's daughter.

However the fight got too difficult for the 71-year old and her family wants to know why and how can this keep from happening to someone else.

"You think why, why, why, and I'd like to know why," said Pete Hester, Wetton's son. "No one has told us exactly what happened."

The Tennessee Department of Health confirmed a death associated with the outbreak of fungal infections occurred and said the death brings to 15 the number of people who have died in the state. Tainted injections were discovered several months ago. A statement from the department said it is possible there could yet be other deaths from the infections .Wetton's death was the first one reported in four months.

On its website, the Cook-Webb Funeral Home in Guthrie said Wetton's funeral will be at 6 p.m. on Friday.

(Copyright The Associated Press and NewsChannel 5.)


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