Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Doctors perform brain surgery on wrong patient

Doctors perform brain surgery on wrong patient

Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki has sent Kenyatta National Hospital boss Lily Koros on compulsory leave.

"The hospital deeply regrets the mix-up and has done all it can to ensure the safety and well-being of the patient".

The brain surgery was scheduled to be performed on a patient who had a blood clot on the brain.

The clot had been spotted on a CT scan, but after the patients' identification tags got mixed up, the wrong man was wheeled into surgery, the newspaper said.

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There has been an outpouring of rage in the social media after a neurosurgeon at Kenya's largest hospital performed brain surgery on the wrong patient.

A neurosurgeon and medical team were suspended from a Kenyan hospital this week after a tag mix-up resulted in the wrong patient having his skull opened.

It is reported that when the doctors had spent some hours performing the surgery, they realized that there was no blood clot and that they were performing the surgery on the wrong person.

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The hospital's management said it had also interdicted a ward nurse, theatre receiving nurse, and an anesthetist who are believed to must have played a role in the mishap.

An investigation has been launched, and it has been reported by the hospital that the patient was "in recovery and progressing well".

Other staff at the hospital are protesting the suspension and saying the person/people who tagged the patients are the ones who made the mistake.

Both patients were said to be in good condition. "The second patient, who was scheduled to go for surgery is, fortunately, also stable, he has been put on treatment and is under watch".

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