A Utah inmate weeks away from being released on parole from the Utah State Prison has died and another remains hospitalized after a medical technician failed to show up for work, causing several inmates to miss their dialysis treatments, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. Ramon Estrada, 62, died Sunday of apparent cardiac arrest due to renal failure. He was to be released on parole April 21 after nearly a decade in prison on a rape conviction.
Six other inmates also missed their on-site dialysis treatments and were taken to a hospital. “The delayed response in ensuring that the inmates received needed medical care is unacceptable,” the prison said. Estrada was scheduled for kidney dialysis Friday, but a technician with South Valley Dialysis Center, the contracted treatment provider, did not arrive. The technician didn’t show up Saturday either. Estrada died about 10:30 p.m. Sunday as medics were getting him ready to go to the hospital.