Kenyan doctors open skull of wrong patient

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The report said that two men had been wheeled into the hospital last weekend - one needed a surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain "while the other only required nursing and medication to heal a trauma swelling in his head".

Kenyatta National Hospital chief executive officer Lily Koros when she appeared before the National Assembly Health Committee on January 26, 2018.

In a weird incident in Kenya, four medics cut open the skull of the wrong patient at the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi.

Just when Kenyans were beginning to forget about the "baby theft saga" that was recently reported at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), another scandal has hit the giant health facility.

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Surgeons only discovered the mistake after failing to find a clot in the brain of the man whose head they had opened.

An investigation has been launched, and it has been reported by the hospital that the patient was "in recovery and progressing well".

Koros announced the suspension of a neurosurgeon, ward nurse, theater receiving nurse, and anaesthetist in response to the mix-up.

A neurosurgeon and medical team were suspended from a Kenyan hospital this week after a tag mix-up resulted in the wrong patient having his skull opened.

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

Few medical errors are as vivid and terrifying as those that involve patients who have undergone surgery on the wrong body part, undergone the incorrect procedure, or had a procedure intended for another patient. They say the nurses who prepared the patient for surgery are the ones at fault because they wrongly labeled the two patients.

"I have also asked them to submit certified and paginated files of both patients and statements of the personnel", CEO of the board Daniel Yumbya said in a letter.

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