Dr. Dipak Desai found competent to stand trial
Dr. Dipak Desai has been found competent to stand trial for his role in Southern Nevada's 2008 hepatitis C outbreak.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Dr. Dipak Desai has been found competent to stand trial for his role in Southern Nevada's 2008 hepatitis C outbreak.
That finding comes from three doctors at a state mental hospital outside of Reno.
Desai is the man behind the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada, where more than 50,000 people were exposed to Hepatitis C several years ago.
Among those who tested positive is Las Vegas resident Shara Edwards.
"I mean if it were me, I would like to give him what he gave me; hepatitis C," says Edwards. "Three years I was in bed, I was on chemo. I can no longer do a lot of things I used to do."
Desai and his nurses are accused of double dipping. Using the same vial of the anesthetic Propofol on multiple patients.
The two trials so far have been against the drug companies for making those vials too large.
"The drug companies, they just made it a little easier maybe but I don't really think the drug companies had much to do with it. I don't think it was premeditated," says Edwards. "I do blame Dr. Desai and all his nurses and everybody in that office because they were very well aware of what they were doing and had been for years."
Watching the drama of Desai play out has made Edwards sick.
Desai was first ruled incompetent to stand trial after a series of strokes and Edwards believes it's all been a farce.
"I believe he's taken medicine and things to mess with his competency. I've known this all along," says Edwards.
Now, Shara Edwards hopes to finally get the justice she and thousands of others have been waiting so long for.
"This is the happiest day of my life," says Edwards. "He has to pay for what he did to these people."
Desai's competency still must be reviewed by District Judge Kathleen Delaney in the coming weeks. If she agrees, Desai and two of his nurse anesthetists are set to stand trial next March.