LEESBURG — An ER doctor at UF Health Leesburg has been arrested and charged with three counts of battery after allegedly putting a patient quite a few instances who he believed was faking their medical condition.
Dr. Onyekachi Nwabuko was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Lake County Jail on a bail set at $3,000. He has since bonded out.
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The Leesburg Police Department responded to the incident Wednesday round 8:15 a.m.
According to an arrest affidavit, Nwabuko tried to verify suspicions that his patient was faking by grabbing her hand and repeatedly putting her within the face. When the patient did not reply to that, Nwabuko left the room. He then returned two extra instances and used her hand to hit her within the face a number of instances.
During the second time, the sufferer’s IV line was ripped out of her left arm and she or he bled throughout her face and chest space, the affidavit mentioned. She additionally sustained important swelling, redness, and bruising to her eye.
One witness instructed police Nwabuko was laughing at and mocking the patient for faking her condition and continued hitting the patient till the nursing employees stepped in and broke it up.
Another witness instructed police it is not uncommon apply to carry a patient’s hand over their face and drop it to verify they don’t seem to be faking. If the patient is alert, they may both transfer or cease their hand to stop it from hitting their face.
But on this case, that didn’t occur, the affidavit mentioned. The witness said they noticed the sufferer bodily resisting Dr. Nwabuko’s actions, however he began getting offended and hitting the sufferer tougher.
This article initially appeared on Daily Commercial: Leesburg police: Doc hit patient he thought was faking with her own hand