Kenyan doctors open skull of wrong patient

Uproar after Kenyatta National Hospital surgeons performed delicate brain surgery on wrong patient

Uproar after Kenyatta National Hospital surgeons performed delicate brain surgery on wrong patient

Two men were taken, unconscious, to Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi on Sunday, the Daily Nation reported.

It was the latest scandal to hit the hospital in recent weeks, after allegations of staff sexually assaulting patients, and the theft of a baby.

"I have directed the board that the CEO of this organisation, with the colleague responsible for clinical matters of this hospital, are sent on compulsory leave forthwith and in their place two experts will be taking over to run this institution for the period the investigations will be done and a decision reached".

The incident was reportedly caused by the ID tags of two patients - one needing brain surgery, and the other non-invasive treatment - being mixed up.

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.

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'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 neurosurgeon operating at Kenyatta National Hospital has been suspended.

Until then, the country awaits to hear what action will be taken against the doctors and the entire management as the hospital tries to redeem its image and reputation. They were all given show cause letters.

They said the nurse who prepared the patient for surgery should be held accountable for wrongly labelling the patient.

"We are happy to inform the public that the patient is in recovery and progressing well", Koros added.

In a miracle of some sort, the Nation was informed that both patients were in good condition, and that the one who had a clot might not undergo surgery because he had improved significantly.

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