Within weeks after Dee Morell received a tainted shot to treat arthritis in her left hip in September last year, she knew something was horribly wrong.
The 49-year-old X-ray technician started to feel worse, not better. Walking grew difficult, she needed constant painkillers, and for the past 10 months mshe has been too weak to work, making it a struggle to pay the mortgage.
But a year after federal investigators traced a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak to contaminated steroids made by a Massachusetts pharmacy, Morell and hundreds of other victims who received the drugs are still waiting to find out how much compensation they will collect and when they will receive the money.
One of the biggest drug contamination cases in recent American history has sparked a long and complicated legal case to win relief for victims. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.