Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
Health Care | By Alice Shelton

Kenyan doctor performs brain surgery on wrong patient

Kenyan doctor performs brain surgery on wrong patient

Ouma Oluga, chief executive officer of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists' Union, said in a televised interview the mix-up on Sunday at Kenyatta National Hospital laid bare the dangers to patients of an "overwhelmed" system and staff. Four medics have been suspended so far because of the glaring medical malpractice.

Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki who apologized to the family of the affected patient and Kenyans directed the hospital's board to immediately undertake a probe on the referral hospital's mess.

One patient needed surgery for a blood clot on the brain, the other only non-invasive treatment for swelling.

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

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.

Just recently, KNH was hit by "baby theft" scandal after a woman managed to sneak out of the facility with someone's baby.

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

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.

The hospital also expressed regret over the incident.

Luckily, both patients were fine following the mix-up, with the man who actually had the blood clot potentially not needing surgery as his condition has reportedly improved.

Kenyan media reported that a neurosurgery registrar, anaesthetist and two nurses had been suspended by the hospital.

Few medical errors are as vivid and terrifying as those that involve patients who have undergone surgery on the wrong body part, undergone the incorrect procedure, or had a procedure intended for another patient.

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