Franklin Square woman learns she may have received contaminated tissue

A Franklin Square woman was informed by letter Tuesday that the donated bone and tissue she received last year during back surgery may have been contaminated with various diseases.

Patricia Battisti had lower back surgery to replace a disk last January at Franklin Hospital, which is part of North Shore Long Island Jewish Health Systems. She said the hospital sent her a letter informing her that the materials she received may have been infected with HIV, Hepatitis B and C and Syphilis.

The tissue and bone came from Biomedical Tissue Service based out of Fort Lee, New Jersey, whose phone has been disconnected. The FDA says the tissues may not have been screened properly. Battisti, one of 42 patients of North Shore-LIJ who were notified of potential contamination, is taking legal action. The Center for Disease Control says the risk of infection is low but encourages patients to get blood tests.

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