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Police Arrest Covid-Denier Who Tried To Remove Sick Patient From Hospital

Amelia Ward

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Police Arrest Covid-Denier Who Tried To Remove Sick Patient From Hospital

Featured Image Credit: Surrey Police

A Covid denier who broke into a hospital to remove a seriously ill patient has been arrested. Watch the altercation with medics below:

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Toby Hayden-Leigh, 45, was one of a group of people who got into a row with qualified medics, telling the hospital staff that Covid-19 'had not been proven to exist'. He has been arrested on suspicion of causing a public nuisance and is currently in police custody.

The group were trying to remove an elderly man, despite being told numerous times that without his medication, he would die.

Security then attempt to remove the man, who continues to shout and becomes more abusive on the ward where sick patients are being treated.

Surrey Police confirmed an arrest was made in connection with the incident, which took place at the East Surrey Hospital on 21 January.

A masked medic can be seen telling the man that the patient is being treated with steroids, antibiotics and is on oxygen for coronavirus pneumonia, which is affecting both his lungs.

Mr Hayden-Leigh can be heard responding that instead of proven drugs, he wants the patient to be treated with vitamins and zinc. The medic tells him that those have not been approved as treatment.

When Mr Hayden-Leigh was told that he was putting his health and the health of others at risk by being in the ward, and especially by not wearing a mask, he simply said: "It's our own risk".

The patient, who was struggling to breathe and looked frail, removed the oxygen and asked to leave the hospital, but was told that he would die if he did so.

Then, the ringleader of the group, who repeatedly claimed that he was exempt from wearing a mask, asked staff whether Covid-19 was even 'proven to exist' despite being on a ward where many were fighting the virus.

Eventually, he was removed from the ward by security.

Medics tried to reason with the group. Credit: Facebook
Medics tried to reason with the group. Credit: Facebook

When the doctor warned that the patient could die if he removed the oxygen tube, he said: "Yeah, so you keep saying, let's go."

Mr Hayden-Leigh accused the hospital staff of 'lying' about his condition and leaving his family without information.

The doctor said: "My main concern is his safety and at the moment you are making him unsafe. He's taken his oxygen off, he's going to die if we don't put it back on."

The video was shared widely on social media, with police appealing for information to locate Mr Hayden-Leigh.

East Surrey Detective Chief Inspector Kimball Edey said: "The appeal generated hundreds of calls from members of the public with information as to his whereabouts and we would like to thank both them and the media for their help in tracking him down.

"I would also like to thank our colleagues at Kent Police, who assisted with the arrests.

"The man will be interviewed and further updates will be issued in due course."

Amelia Ward
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