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Four Medics Suspended After 'Performing Brain Surgery On Wrong Patient'

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Four Medics Suspended After 'Performing Brain Surgery On Wrong Patient'

A neurosurgeon at Kenya's largest hospital has reportedly been suspended for performing brain surgery on the wrong patient.

Apparently this is just one of a string of problems at the Kenyatta National Hospital in recent weeks, alongside allegations of staff sexually assaulting patients, and the theft of a baby.

The surgeon - along with two nurses and an anesthetist - have reportedly been suspended pending an investigation into the surgery mix-up.

Daily Nation reported how two unconscious men were brought into the hospital last weekend.

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One required surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain, while the other only needed a few pills to help heal a swelling on his head. Patients at the hospital are reportedly told apart by name tags pinned to their gowns.

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However, staff allegedly mixed up the name tags, leading to the wrong man being operated on.

Doctors at the country's central hospital only realised the mistake when they couldn't spot a clot after several hours of the man lying on the operating table.

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The hospital's chief operating officer Lily Koros told the paper: "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."

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Thankfully, both patients are reported to be doing well.

According to the Daily Nation's report, a statement from the hospital read: "The hospital deeply regrets this event and has done all it can to ensure the safety and well-being of the patient in question," adding the patient in question was 'in recovery and progressing well'.

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Topics: World News, News, Surgery, Health

Daisy Phillipson
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