Former Dipak Desai patient speaks out after verdict
Henry Chanin, the headmaster at The Meadows School in Summerlin, said he's feeling better, day by day.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Henry Chanin, the headmaster at The Meadows School in Summerlin, said he's feeling better, day by day.
A few years ago, however, he started doubting whether he'd live through the illness caused by his hepatitis C exposure.
Chanin is a former patient of Dr. Dipak Desai, who was accused of reusing syringes on patients and spreading the hepatitis C virus.
Chanin told Action News he underwent a routine colonoscopy at the Desert Shadow Endoscopy Center in 2006. Just weeks after the procedure, his body started to break down.
"I turned yellow. My eyes turned yellow. I couldn't' eat. I was throwing up everything they tried to put in me," he said.
When he discovered he had contracted hepatitis C, he was devastated.
In April of 2013, Chanin and two others affected by the exposure, were awarded a half a billion dollars in a civil lawsuit against two health insurance companies that included Desai in their networks.
On Monday, Desai and his employee Ronald Lakeman, were led away in handcuffs after both were found guilty of several counts that included criminal neglect of patients with substantial bodily harm and insurance fraud.
Desai was also convicted of second degree murder in the death of a patient.
"The evidence was pretty strong," Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson told Action News. "I had two of my senior prosecutors work literally around the clock these last 10 weeks."
Chanin said the virus has suppressed itself and he's going well, "A day above ground is a good day."
According to Wolfson, Desai faces a minimum of 10 years in prison for the murder charge. Additionally, there are several felony charges the judge could also punish on.
Lakeman also faces prison time for his convictions.
Sentencing is scheduled for Sept.