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Nigerian doctor, Nwabuko detained for battering unconscious woman in US

 Nigerian doctor, Nwabuko detained for battering unconscious woman in US

Onyekachi Nwabuko

A Nigerian doctor Onyekachi Nwabuko has been arrested and charged with battery by police in Leesburg after repeatedly using the hand of an unresponsive female patient to strike her.

The incident happened last week at UF Health Leesburg Hospital in Florida.

Leesburg-News reported that Police arrested Nwabuko, after meeting with hospital staff members.

Two registered nurses and an ER technician told police they witnessed Nwabuko batter the unconscious woman.

They said the physician repeatedly slapped the patient with her own hand, according to the report.

According to an arrest affidavit, witnesses told deputies the woman involved tried to resist Nwabuko’s actions, which only made him strike her harder.

Officers said the woman had “significant swelling, redness and bruising to her left eye.”

A hospital staff member acknowledged to police that dropping a patient’s hand over their face is a common practice to verify a patient’s unconscious state.

The staff member told police that Dr. Nwabuko applied more pressure to the strikes as the patient was attempting to resist.

A nurse allegedly had to intervene to stop the physician from striking the patient.

The patient told police she came to the ED for help in a semi-unconscious state.

She said Dr. Nwabuko mocked her and accused her of faking her condition. Police noted bruising to the patient’s eye.

Dr. Nwabuko was arrested and charged with three counts of battery.

He was released after posting bond, according to the report.

“At UF Health, we are committed to providing a safe, secure environment to our patients, their families and visitors while delivering quality medical care services,” the health system said in a statement to News 6.

“We are actively cooperating with law enforcement in this investigation, which involves an independent physician who is not employed by UF Health.”

Dr. Onyekachi Nwabuko is a family medicine doctor in Decatur, Illinois and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Leesburg Regional Medical Center and Citrus Memorial Health System-Inverness.

He received his medical degree from St Christopher’s College of Medicine and has been in practice between 11-20 years.

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