2nd patient in Las Vegas hepatitis C case dies

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities say a second person who contracted hepatitis C during an outpatient procedure at a Las Vegas endoscopy clinic in 2007 has died.

Prosecutor Michael Staudaher in Las Vegas said Thursday he didn’t have details yet about Michael Washington’s death Aug. 23 in Texas.

Staudaher says he doesn’t know whether it’ll have an effect on the case against former Dr. Dipak Desai (DEE’-pahk deh-SEYE’) and former nurse-anesthetist Ronald Lakeman.

Washington’s lawyer, Ed Bernstein, tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal (http://bit.ly/17BTG5K ) his 73-year-old client died of complications of the incurable liver disease contracted at Desai’s Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada.

The 63-year-old Desai and 66-year-old former Lakeman face are due for sentencing Oct. 24 after being found guilty July 1 of criminal charges stemming from the infections of seven people, including Washington.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

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