A Kenyan Doctor Did Brain Surgery On The Wrong Guy

A Kenyan Doctor Did Brain Surgery On The Wrong Guy

Kenyatta National Hospital's board chairman, Mark Bor, said in a statement that the board has opened an internal investigation, but no one knows how long the suspension will last.

It's understood that two men had been wheeled into the hospital a week ago, one needed surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain, while the other only required nursing and medication to heal a trauma.

However, someone mixed up the men's identification tags and the wrong man had his skull opened, the publication reported. It was during the surgery that doctors discovered the error when they failed to find a blood clot.

In response to the report the hospital suspended four medics who were working during the alleged mix-up: the neurosurgeon, the ward nurse, theatre receiving nurse, and the anaesthetist.

The newspaper reported that the patients have the same last name.

A source told Daily Nation surgeons at the hospital don't speak to patients and rely on charts.

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Family members who visited him at the clinic took him to another hospital in Kasarani, St Francis Hospital, from where he was taken to KNH.

"The public should not be confused [by] the misleading information. the patient said to have passed on was received in critical condition and admitted in the specialised neurosurgery ward. the [other] two were received in the general ward where they are recuperating".

"I'm feeling better, although there is slight pain from the post-operative wounds", he told the Nation in an interview.

"I was crossing the road at around 7pm when a speeding motorbike hit me".

On Friday, Kenyan Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki placed the chief executive and the director of clinical services on compulsory leave pending an investigation, according to the Daily Nation.

As a result, hospital officials suspended the neurosurgeon as well as two nurses and an anesthetist - a decision that has ignited an uproar from fellow doctors who say their colleagues should not be punished for the hospital's failures.

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