Doctors suspended after operating on wrong patient's brain, Kenyan hospital says

Kenya Head of largest hospital suspended after neurosurgeon opens skull of wrong patient

"I apologise to the two patients and their families and especially the patient who was mistakenly operated on", Kariuki said yesterday.

Doctor Thomas Mutie will therefore be taking over as the Acting CEO and Dr. John Ong'ech as the Acting Director, Clinical Services.

This is the third huge problem for the hospital in about a month and a half.

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

The doctors' union on Friday blamed nurses after one of their colleagues opened the brain of the wrong patient.

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"The staff in theatre had no way of telling they were operating on the wrong patient because he was unconscious", a source, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, said.

Another section of Kenyans were of the view that the victim of the wrong surgery should slap the hospital with a lawsuit and demand compensation.

Both were admitted to ward 5A, which covers general surgery and trauma patients without fractures.

The fact that Ms Koros was referring to the operation as "apparent" is probably an indication that the hospital was unwilling to publicly admit the error, and also that some of its procedures may have put the welfare of patients at risk. "Caring for patients is teamwork", he said. One patient required brain surgery to remove a clot and the other needed treatment for brain swelling.

Doctors only realised the mistake hours into the surgery "when they discovered there was no blood clot in the brain". A show-cause letter requires a staff member to account for his or her actions.

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

Social media users have expressed shock that such an incident could have been allowed to happen.

The mistake last weekend apparently was caused by a mix-up of the patients' identification tags.

He said once the documents have been received, they will convene a preliminary inquiry committee which will look at the allegations raised two weeks from the day they receive the report.

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