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Doctor performs brain surgery on wrong patient


In one of the worst cases of medical malpractice, a neurosurgeon has reportedly opened up the head of the wrong patient at Kenyatta National Hospital.

According to reports,
Two men had been wheeled into the hospetal unconscious last Sunday. One needed head surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain, while the other only required nursing and medication to heal a trauma swelling in his head, medically known as closed head injury.

However, there was a horrific mix-up of identification tags leading to the wrong man wheeled into theatre and his skull opened.

Unfortunately, Doctors did not realise the mistake until hours into the surgery when they discovered there was no blood clot in the brain of the man sprawled on the operating table.

A neurosurgeon has been suspended for opening up the head of the wrong patient in one of the worst cases of medical malpractice to become public at Kenyatta National Hospital.

Two men had been wheeled into KNH unconscious last Sunday. One needed head surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain, while the other only required nursing and medication to heal a trauma swelling in his head, medically known as closed head injury.

However, a horror mix-up of identification tags saw the wrong man wheeled into theatre and his skull opened.

Doctors did not realise the mistake until hours into the surgery when they discovered there was no blood clot in the brain of the man sprawled on the operating table.

The hospital’s chief operating officer, Lily Koros, has since issued a statement announcing the suspension of the four medical practitioners who were at work on that night.

They included the neurosurgeon, the ward nurse, theatre receiving nurse, and the anaesthetist.

Ms. Koros said:
“The management has suspended the admission rights of a neurosurgery registrar and issued him with a show-cause letter for apparently operating on the wrong patient”.

Thankfully, 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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