Oct 26, 2019
“What have I done?” James R. Burton Jr. thought to himself in disbelief.
As a young medical student, he had taken the Hippocratic Oath and pledged “first, do no harm.”
But here he was, purposefully infecting one of his patients with hepatitis C.
It was March 13, and just hours before, his patient, Betty Huart, had undergone a liver transplant to cure her liver cancer. But the new, donated liver that was supposed to save her life was tainted with the disease -- a serious but curable infection that affects the liver.
“I did not sleep well that night,” Burton told ABC News.
“But I told myself … I know I can cure this,” added Burton, a hepatologist at UCHealth and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.