Brain surgeons perform procedure on wrong patient

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"The hospital deeply regrets this event and has done all it can to ensure the safety and well-being of the patient in question".

Colleagues at the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi are upset a neurosurgeon and three medical staff members were suspended.

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

This is what has left Kenyans on Twitter angry. Four medics have been suspended so far because of the glaring medical malpractice.

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

The wrong patient needed treatment for a swelling on the head but ended up on the table for an open brain surgery meant to remove a blood clot from the brain of another patient.

"I have also asked them to submit certified and paginated files of both patients and statements of the personnel", CEO of the board Daniel Yumbya said in a letter.

Apparently, this is the first time this type of mishap has occurred in the country.

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Last evening, hospital management threw out this reporter by dramatically having security guards escort her out of the premises for making enquiries about the incident. The patient who underwent the brain surgery is recovering.

Two hospital officials in Kenya have been placed on leave for an incident in which a physician performed brain surgery on the wrong patient.

Another section of Kenyans were of the view that the victim of the wrong surgery should slap the hospital with a lawsuit and demand compensation.

The CS appointed, in acting capacity, Dr. Mutie and Dr. Ongech saying; "Both competent professionals who understand the systems in this hospital to take over and support the board to complete the investigations I have directed be conducted immediately".

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