Meningitis Victim: "I'm Not Going Away"

Posted at 7:07 PM, Nov 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-07 20:35:01-05

Four years after a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak killed dozens and sickened hundreds, victims were left waiting for settlement money they were first promised over a year ago.

"I have been through pure hell," said Freida Berry, a 59-year-old who received a tainted steroid shot in 2012.

Berry, like many others sickened in the outbreak, got her pain epidural shot at an outpatient clinic inside of St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.

It was eventually determined that those shots were filled with fungus after being improperly handled at New England Compounding Center just outside of Boston.

"The fear won’t go away, the nightmare won’t go away but they want us to go away," she addded.

In a bankruptcy settlement reached with NECC, Berry and hundreds of other victims were supposed to receive money to compensate them for medical bills and pain and suffering. NewsChannel 5 has spoken with a number of meningitis victims who said they still haven't received a dime.

"Now that time has gone by it’s going to be swept under the rug." she said.