Brain surgeons perform procedure on wrong patient

Kenyatta National Hospital chief executive officer Lily Koros when she appeared before the National Assembly Health Committee

One of them needed nursing and medication, but no surgery, to heal a trauma on the brain. In fact, The Daily Nation reports that the patient who had the blood clot may not even need to undergo surgery after all, as his condition has somehow improved greatly.

Hospital staff reportedly mixed up the patients' identification tags before the surgery.

According to the BBC's Anne Soy in Nairobi, Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board chief executive Daniel Yumbya said this was the first such case in the country. The four include the neurosurgeon, ward nurse, theater receiving nurse and anesthetist, she said. The staff had been operating for hours before they realized the mistake, reports The Washington Post.

"These are quality system issues that should not be levelled at staff", Oluga said, adding punishing doctors and nurses would not address problems in the patient tracking system.

KNH administration suspended the admission rights of a Neurosurgery Registrar and issued him with a show-cause letter for apparently performing brain surgery a wrong patient.

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He responded by losing 35 pounds and starting up his own team, which soon earned the nickname "The Rejects". As one fan in the crowd put it, it's a story so fantastic , they should make a movie out of it.

Another officer sent on compulsory leave alongside Koros is Mr Bernard Githae.

Social media users were scathing about the apparent error. Some have demanded the resignation of the entire hospital board of management in the wake of the controversies that have tarnished the hospital. There was public outrage over the incident at the hospital, which was already under scrutiny after new mothers claimed they were sexually assaulted there. The baby was recovered and returned to his parents a day later.

Kenyatta National Hospital has outdone themselves.

"The mix up started at the point of dressing the patient, because the patient who was to be taken to theatre had the names but they belonged to the one who ought not to have been taken to theatre,"she said".

Its management blames insufficient funding and says inadequate health provision more widely in Kenya has placed an unreasonable burden on the hospital.

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