LAS VEGAS -- A man who contracted Hepatitis C while a patient of the now-closed Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada has died.
Rodolfo T. Meana, of Las Vegas, died in the Philippines on April 27. He was 77.
Before his death, Meana was permitted to testify against Dr. Dipak Desai, the owner of the center, via video because of his ailing health. He and several other patients contracted the incurable disease in 2007.
Desai is accused of causing a Hepatitis C outbreak by allegedly reusing syringes and vials on multiple patients. The Southern Nevada Health District linked nine hepatitis cases to Desai's clinics.
Meana's attorney, Nia Killebrew, said that her client suffered greatly before his death. Meana developed cirrhosis of the liver and his kidneys failed, leading to his body shutting down, Killebrew said.
The victims settled with the drug companies in February, after the drug companies were blamed for supplying an anesthetic to the clinics where the patients contracted Hepatitis C.
Desai and two of his nurses are due in court in October to face felony charges of neglect. Desai's attorney, Richard Wright, did not return a call for comment.