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NYPD doc slammed long-suffering COVID detective as a liar

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NYPD doc slammed long-suffering COVID detective as a liar

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NYPD doctor accused detective ‘disabled’ by COVID-19 of lying about his symptoms and tried to force him back to work – even though officer could no longer drive and now needed a tank of oxygen, according to a lawsuit.

Before being diagnosed with coronavirus in March 2020, Ilter Aykac, 37, said he had no significant medical issues.

“I played sports, I pursued my children. Carrying stuff wasn’t even a problem,” the married father of three told the Post.

Aykac caught coronavirus at work, he said, where a handful of colleagues were infected before him.

He was hospitalized for eight days and told he had two to nine days to live – but was never placed on a ventilator due to a shortage of life-saving machines, according to his legal papers.

The virus left him with lung damage and nearly two years later the Long Islander can’t carry his son in the car or play football with his kids, he said.

“I have never been sick before. … Then this thing happened, I got sick, I almost died,” the 14-year-old force veteran said.

The 14-year-old force veteran says he can no longer play with his children.
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Yet an NYPD doctor, Leon Eisikowitz, slammed Aykac as a ‘simulator,’ repeatedly forced him to go for appointments in Queens and pressured him to return to work. , according to a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit against the doctor and the city.

Eisikowitz refused to approve medical treatments and even sent him to department psychologists after the Manhattan detective complained about the doctor’s behavior, according to court documents.

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An NYPD doctor, Leon Eisikowitz, called Aykac a “simulator”.
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Eisikowitz continued to ignore Aykac’s symptoms, despite his inability to perform a stress test without briefly losing consciousness. In June, Eisikowitz allegedly forced him to walk around a Queens departmental medical complex as a test, according to court documents.

“I couldn’t even speak. I started shaking, I almost fell. I asked for water, he wouldn’t give it to me,” Aykac said. “For 25 minutes I couldn’t leave my seat.”

Eisikowitz even encouraged Aykac to ignore a cancerous mass on his kidney that was discovered by another doctor during his treatment, the detective alleges in the legal filing. Aykac eventually underwent successful surgery to remove the mass.

Aykac said he could have worked from home, but Eisikowitz did not agree to the request. When the Suffolk County resident pointed out to the doctor that he couldn’t drive, Aykac claims Eisikowitz told him, “It’s not my problem, take Uber.”

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Aykac said he could have worked from home, but Eisikowitz did not agree to the request.

The department’s medical board ultimately approved a 3/4 disability pension for Aykac, who said he did not want anyone else to undergo the same treatment from Eisikowitz.

“Just because one person cheats doesn’t mean everyone else cheats. I want doctors like Eisikowitz gone. They have no respect for human life,” he said.

“If Mr. Aykac followed the instructions of his NYPD district surgeon, who is only interested in forcing him back to work at all costs, he would be dead,” attorney John Scola said.

The NYPD declined to comment. Eisikowitz did not return a message.

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