Victim’s family disappointed as lab operator faces sentencing in 2012 Michigan meningitis deaths

(17 Apr 2024)
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Lansing, Michigan – 15 April 2024
1. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Kruzich, mother killed by steroid injection:
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“My name is Michael Kruzich. I’m the son of Donna Kruzich, who in 2012 died as a result of being injected with tainted steroids manufactured by the New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts.”
2. Various of Michael Kruzich holding a framed photo of his late mother, Donna Kruzich

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ARCHIVE: Framingham, Massachusetts – 4 October 2012
3. STILL of a (English) “No Soliciting” sign hanging on the door of the New England Compounding Center, the pharmacy that distributed a steroid linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis

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Lansing, Michigan – 15 April 2024
4. Various of Kruzich looking over his mother’s autopsy report
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Kruzich, mother killed by steroid injection:
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“She unnecessarily died as a result of the greed and the recklessness of the people that owned and ran the compounding pharmacy.”
6. Various of Kruzich reading from some court papers

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ARCHIVE: Boston – 26 June 2017
7. STILL of New England Compounding Center President Barry Cadden, along with members of his legal team, arriving at the federal courthouse for sentencing

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Lansing, Michigan – 15 April 2024
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Kruzich, mother killed by steroid injection:
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“The principal partner running the operation was Barry Cadden. And this week, he will be sentenced on involuntary manslaughter charges brought, as a plea deal, from the State of Michigan.”
9. Various of brothers Michael and Steve Kruzich looking at some old family photos
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Kruzich, mother killed by steroid injection:
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“In preparation for sentencing, victims’ families have been given the opportunity to write victim impact statements that will become part of the pre-sentencing report.”
11. Various of Michael Kruzich holding a photo of his parents
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Kruzich, mother killed by steroid injection:
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“I decided to write a victim impact statement poem.”
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Kruzich, mother killed by steroid injection (reading from his victim impact statement poem):
“He killed my mother. Twelve years later, what more is there to say?”
14. Various of the Kruzich brothers looking at and discussing the photos
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Kruzich, mother killed by steroid injection (reading from his victim impact statement poem):
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“Still, he is responsible. A plea deal. I might not like it, but at least he finally has admitted he is to blame.”
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Kruzich, mother killed by steroid injection (reading from his victim impact statement poem):
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“I was told 12 years ago that you cannot harm someone more than killing them. I’ve come to disagree. You can harm them more when justice fails them.”
17. Michael Kruzich holds a photo of his mother
STORYLINE:
Days after a routine injection to ease back pain, Donna Kruzich (KROO’-zich) and a friend drove across the border to Canada in 2012 to see some end-of-summer theater in Ontario.

The 78-year-old Michigan woman suddenly became ill and returned home. By early October, she was dead.

Kruzich was one of at least 64 people in the U.S. who died because of tainted steroid injections made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts.

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