NAIROBI– A neurosurgeon at Kenya’s largest hospital has been suspended after performing brain surgery on the wrong patient, the hospital said in a statement.
The scandal, which prompted an outpouring of horror on social media, is the latest drama to hit the Kenyatta National Hospital in recent weeks, after allegations of staff sexually assaulting patients, and the theft of a baby.
The hospital said the surgeon, as well as two nurses and an anaesthetist, had been suspended pending an investigation into the operation “on the wrong patient”.
Health Minister Sicily Kariuki also suspended the CEO of the hospital over the blunder.
An investigation by the Daily Nation newspaper revealed that two men had been taken to the hospital Sunday Feb 25.
One required surgery to remove a blood clot to his brain, while the other needed only medication for a swollen head.
The Daily Nation reported that doctors did not realise they had opened the skull of the wrong patient until two hours into the procedure meant to remove a blood clot. Both the person operated on and the blood clot patient are in good condition, it said.
“The hospital deeply regrets this event and has done all it can to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the patient in question,” read the statement from the hospital, adding the patient was “in recovery and progressing well”.
Kenyatta National Hospital is Kenya’s oldest and largest hospital, and also serves as a teaching hospital.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK