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Horror As Doctors In Kenya Perform Brain Surgery On The Wrong Patient

03 March 2018, 05:01 | Franklin Nunez

Medics perform BRAIN SURGERY on a patient by mistake after worker mixed up ID tags at hospital in Kenya

Kenyatta National Hospital is Kenya's oldest and largest hospital and also serves as a teaching hospital

Doctors only realised the mistake after they had opened the skull of the wrong patient and found no blood clot.

The Daily Nation explained that patients are prepared for surgery and taken into the operating room with a name tag on their gowns to identify them.

Hospital officials said in Thursday's statement that the medical center "deeply regrets this event and has done all it can to ensure the safety and well being of the patient in question". The statement read in part.

In what has been described as "horrific" a mix-up on identification tags saw the wrong person being the recipient of a brain surgery.

Those suspended include the neurosurgery registrar, a ward nurse, an anaesthetist and a theatre nurse.

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The patient, however, is undergoing full recovery amid commencement of investigations into the matter. There was public outrage over the incident at the hospital, which was already under scrutiny after new mothers claimed they were sexually assaulted there.

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.

A man was waiting to go under the knife after it was discovered he had a blood clot in his brain. But the doctors' union says blaming "overwhelmed" staff isn't the right response, Reuters reports.

"These are quality system issues that should not be levelled at staff, ' Dr Ouma Oluga, chief executive officer of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists" Union, . 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.

The flagship national hospital has also been plagued with reports of broken equipment, overcrowding, and long waiting times for treatment.



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