CBS 13 — There’s a disease running rampant and the cost of treating it is astronomical.
Hepatitis C is one of the most common diseases and can carry a death sentence.
The cost of fighting it runs into the tens-of-thousands of dollars.
But with tight budgets there’s debate on whether prison inmates be given the most expensive, top-of-the-line medications?
It’s a question of responsible compassion.
“I was living, at one point in my time, in my life, as a youth pretty recklessly,” Paul Sousa admits with quiet candor.
Life for Sousa was filled with drug use.
He says it was destiny; he just did what he saw his mother, and the other relatives who raised him, do – they were hippies who loved to party.
And the party didn’t end when, in 1992, Sousa tested positive for Hepatitis C. continue reading...