Horror As Doctors In Kenya Perform Brain Surgery On The Wrong Patient

Faith Castro
March 3, 2018

TUKO.co.ke on Thursday, March 1, learned that four KNH medics were suspended after they mistakenly performed a delicate brain surgery on wrong patient.

But while one needed surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain, the other simply required medication to heal a swelling in his head caused by trauma.

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.

The hospital said that it had done all it could "to ensure the safety and well-being of the patient in question" adding that it had suspended the doctor.

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

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.

At least two doctors involvedare furious over their suspension, saying nurses who prepared the patient for surgery are at fault, according to Kenya's The Star.

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After consulting a senior neurosurgeon on call, the operating doctor was instructed to proceed no further, clean up the area and close the head.

"The staff in theatre had no way of telling they were operating on the wrong patient because he was unconscious", a source, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, said.

The doctor examined a CT scan of the patient and his file before recommending surgery.

Both the person operated on and the blood clot patient are in good condition, it said.

"They were also to check whether the patient was fit for the procedure".

She also announced the interdiction of the staff involved in the surgery pending the outcome of investigations into how the mix-up came about.

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