A Florida man posing as a doctor claimed he could cure diabetes through a bizarre procedure that involved extracting and injecting a patient’s own blood, police say.
Onelio Hipolit-Gonzalez, a 73-year-old from Hernando County, was in custody Tuesday following his arrest last week on charges including the unlicensed practice of a health care profession. The Florida Department of Health says the fake doctor advertised his services on a website called “Elclassificado” under the alias “Dr. Onelio Hipolit,” and his profile — complete with a picture of him in a white coat — stated he could cure everything from Parkinson’s disease to Leukemia.
“Hipolit-Gonzalez checked the patient’s blood pressure and pulse and then placed a band around the patient’s head and had him hold a metal rod (both the band and the rod were connected to a machine on a table),” the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a press release about his arrest, describing an alleged appointment between Hipolit-Gonzalez and a patient on Feb. 7. “Once turned on, the machine began making beeping noises.
“Hipolit-Gonzalez told the patient, that the device was testing his heart, brain, intestinal system, bones, nerves, and ‘everything else,'” police added. The visit reportedly occurred at a home in Brooksville that Hipolit-Gonzalez said his friend lets him borrow for medical activities.
SOURCE: Greg Norman | Fox News