Chris Uzoh, 40, a Nigerian medical doctor in the UK has been banned from practice for one year for trying to woo his patient by bombarding her with messages.
Daily Mail reports that Uzoh had sent the patient up to 20 messages, and at a point sent flowers and a card in his bid to woo her.
Uzoh started sending the patient text messages after getting her number from her records. he bragged about being a ‘good-looking guy’ and spent six weeks pestering the woman to try and get a date and told her that he had ‘huge earning potential’.
He also claimed to be ‘the best in his medical school’ as well as having written ‘several well cited scientific publications’.
The General Practitioner from Great Sankey, near Warrington, Cheshire, sent a message to the patient after 30 minutes of attending to her. She was booked to him after she complained of abdominal pain.
‘Sorry for this text message but I saw you and liked you and thought we could go on a date on the future. I am single and looking for a serious relationship and not intending to mess about,’ the message read.
In another voice mail, Uzor said he wanted to ‘hear her voice before he went to work’.
‘I’ve been feeling like a schoolboy meeting a girl he fancied for the first time. I haven’t felt this way in a while,’ another text message read.
Uzoh sent a card and flowers to the patient and wrote: ‘I wonder how else I would have met you if not this way. My heart is pure, I care, I hope it would be possible to make you mine some day.’
When she told him to stop pestering her, he said: ‘I was trying to be romantic – I did not mean to be creepy. I was excited about you.’
In yet another message Uzoh said: ‘How is it possible that a good looking guy who is a doctor, who has a job with huge earning potential, who was the best graduating doctor in his medical school, who started out as a urological surgeon with several well-cited scientific publications, who thinks you beautiful and special, who wants you – and you wouldn’t give him a chance? I’ve been in a Toronto and I couldn’t stop thinking about you.’
When Uzoh did not stop, the patient reported him to his colleagues at the Murdishaw Health Centre in Runcorn and he was reported to the General Medical Council.
The patient said:
I was really shocked to get that initial message from him because I trusted him as a doctor.
If I got that message now there is no way I would respond. I was in a difficult position particularly at that point so seeing him taking an interest was a nice thing.
The next morning I woke up and there was a further text message and voicemail message.
I remember I was doing my make-up and getting ready for work and I saw that he was calling but I didn’t want to pick up. He left a message saying: ‘Hi, I just wanted to hear your voice before I start my day.
Everyday I looked at my phone there was something from him whether it be a text message, missed call or a voicemail message.
As soon as I knew the flowers had been sent I knew that they would be from Dr Uzoh – there weren’t many people who knew my address at the time.
You’re being too full on – I’ve only met you once and I was your patient!
Uzor who was found guilty of misconduct and suspended for 12 months, later quit his job and is now working in Toronto, Canada.