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Edward Lawrence, Reporter

Frustration Grows Over Slow Investigation of Endoscopy Clinics

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Trudy Thomas had several procedures at the Endoscopy Center. Trudy Thomas had several procedures at the Endoscopy Center.

Trudy Thomas waits for the Southern Nevada Health District letter telling her she could possibly have hepatitis or HIV. She had several procedures at the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada on Shadow Lane.

Thomas has receipts proving they were within the time frame the health district says the center reused syringes and single dose vials of medicine.

"For this to be hanging over my head, I keep waiting for a letter," she said.

The health district says she may be one of the 10,000 people missing from the center's records. What makes her wait more agonizing is the fact that Thomas says she got reflex sympathetic dystrophy following another surgical procedure unrelated to the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada.

RSD, as it is called, attacks her nervous system. It's a very rare disease. She cannot use her left hand and cannot walk without help.

The stories about the policies at the Endoscopy Center stir angry questions about the doctor using the facility and the staff for surgery.

"Was he off having coffee while they prepped me? Was he standing there going, ‘I see you guys recycle needles. How nice.' Does it save me on my bill? I mean, where were the doctors when the staff was doing these things?" she said.

Mayor Oscar Goodman was just as worked up, "I am unhappy with what would appear to be the dragging of feet by people in responsible positions."

He thinks more governments should follow the City of Las Vegas' lead, and provide money to push the investigation.

"I have not seen anybody step up and say, ‘Mr. DA, let us help you too.'" he said.

Clark County says they suspended the business licenses of clinics in their jurisdiction. The county also says they are doing their part by funding the District Attorney's Office and UMC.

Late Thursday afternoon, Governor Jim Gibbons released a statement saying the expanding scope of the investigation shows the need for swift and strong action against the doctors involved.

Trudy Thomas just wants to make sure no one falls through the investigation cracks. The health district recommends calling them if anyone thinks they did.

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