ER Patient Attacks Doctor While Receiving Treatment

HARVEY, Ill.

An emergency room patient at Provident Hospital has been accused of punching a doctor in the mouth March 7.

Dennis Rushing, 38, who was complaining of vomiting, attacked the 33-year-old doctor when the physician washed his face and attempted to put on a surgical mask after the patient started spitting and coughing in the doctor’s face, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

Rushing allegedly punched and kicked the doctor, which resulted in the physician’s tooth being knocked loose. Other injuries included a swollen lip, as well as scratches, bumps and bruises on the victim’s face.

Rushing, who had nearly a dozen .32-caliber bullets in his bag, was charged with aggravated battery of first aid personnel and possession of ammunition. He is being held on $250,000 bond.

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