Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

Kenyan doctor performs brain surgery on wrong patient

Kenyan doctor performs brain surgery on wrong patient

On Friday Koros suspended the admitting rights of the neurosurgeon registrar, the ward nurse, the anaesthetist and the theatre receiving nurse.

The mistake happened when two unconscious men were taken to Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi on Sunday.

Kariuki said the decision to suspend Koros and the head of clinical services Bernard Githae was to allow for investigations which she hinted also touched on the theft case where an infant was stolen from its mother inside the hospital two weeks ago.

The four medics were reported to have conducted the surgery on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 prompting the hospital administration to send them on compulsory leave.

There was, however, "a horror mix-up of tags", which resulted in the wrong man being wheeled into theatre and his skull opened. It has emerged that the one who was supposed to receive the brain surgery because of a blood clot may not even need surgery at all, as the condition has been improving significantly.

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The neurosurgeon was said to have discovered the mistake hours into the surgery, when he found no blot clot in the brain of the patient he was operating on.

The hospital's chief operating officer, Lily Koros, issued a statement announcing the suspension of four medics who were at work on that night.

"The hospital deeply regrets this event and has done all it can to ensure the safety and well-being of the patient in question". Some have demanded the resignation of the entire hospital board of management in the wake of the controversies that have tarnished the hospital.

They say the nurses who prepared the patient for surgery are the ones at fault because they wrongly labeled the two patients. They were all given show cause letters. "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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