Brain Surgery Mixup: Kenyan Doctor Operates On Wrong Patient

Mar 03, 2018, 04:57
Brain Surgery Mixup: Kenyan Doctor Operates On Wrong Patient

One patient required surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain, while the other needed only treatment for a swollen head.

Staff noticed the blunder hours into the craniotomy surgery, when doctors could not locate a hematoma, which is a blood clot and was reason for the surgery.

Hospital chief executive Lily Koros has come forward to say that they "deeply regret" the mix up, according to the BBC. The statement read in part.

Two hospital officials have been placed on leave after a mix-up led to doctors performing brain surgery on the wrong patient.

The surgeon, ward nurse, theatre receiving nurse and anaesthetist were consequently suspended for their alleged role in the incident.

The patient, however, is undergoing full recovery amid commencement of investigations into the matter.

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.

As well as the allegations that new mothers were sexually assaulted in the hospital, a woman was able to kidnap a newborn baby there in February. The one who had the clot might not now need surgery because his condition has improved significantly.

But the doctor's colleagues have protested against the suspension, reports The Star, arguing the person who put on the identification tag is the one that should be punished.

Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) secretary-general Ouma Oluga, was enraged by the decision to suspended the admission rights of a Neurosurgery Registrar.

The Kenyatta National Hospital has made headlines in the past for the mistreatment of its patients.

The doctors' union in Kenya defended the medical team, saying that the "overwhelmed" Kenyan system and staff were to blame for the mix-up. Even though she put a courageous face and defended the hospital, behind the scenes, calls for her resignations were coming from all quarters, including politicians who felt she has lost control of the largest referral hospital in the country.

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