Sunday, 16 April 2017

US-Based Nigerian Doctor In Trouble For Drugging His Girlfriend Without Her Knowledge To Avoid Pregnancy

A Manhattan woman found a discarded box of the emergency contraception Plan B in her boyfriend’s trash and immediately thought he’d been cheating, New York Post reports. But the reality was far worse. Instead, he admitted he dissolved the drug in a glass of juice to make sure she couldn’t get pregnant, the 36-year-old woman alleges in a new lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.

Hyosun Kim is suing ­neuroradiologist John Nwankwo Ikechi, 37, for $5 million for emotional ­anguish. “I can’t even fathom how violated she feels especially because he’s a doctor,” said Kim’s attorney, Christine Bae.

Ikechi and Kim, a student from Korea, had been dating for a month when she found the discarded box in May 2016. She wasn’t using any birth control at the time and was shocked when she saw the packaging.

When Kim confronted Ikechi, he “confessed that he was aware she would never have voluntarily agreed to take the Plan B pill and told her that this was the only way he could get her to ingest” it, the suit says.

Kim wasn’t trying to conceive, her attorney told The Post, adding that the suit isn’t about “whether she wanted to get pregnant or didn’t want to get pregnant.”

“He took that choice away from her. To me it’s almost like he performed an abortion without her knowing,” Bae said.

Kim “was horrified that her boyfriend would deceive her in this way” and immediately broke off the relationship, the suit says.

She was so distressed by the betrayal that she is ­undergoing counseling, the suit says.

“What he’s done to her is irreparable. It’s really damaged her. It’s not something you forget,” Bae said.

Ikechi “is a licensed medical doctor in the state of New York making his conduct all the more egregious, as any doctor … knows … that an individual cannot be forced to ingest medication without his or her consent,” according to court papers.

Ikechi was a fellow at New York University in 2011 and is now an “on-call neuro­radiologist,” according to his LinkedIn profile.

He declined to comment.

Plan B is an over-the-counter medication usually taken on an emergency ­basis to prevent accidental pregnancy within 72 hours of unprotected sex.

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