Following a potentially deadly patient mislabeling at Kenya’s oldest hospital, a neurosurgeon, the CEO, and several staff members have been barred from duty. The neurosurgeon in question is accused of performing highly invasive brain surgery on a patient who needed medication for head swelling.
Patient Caught in Brain Surgery Mix-Up Makes Speedy Recovery
According to a Kenyatta National Hospital spokesperson, last week, a neurosurgeon ended up performing an operation on the wrong patient, following a mix-up by one of the staff members. The patient scheduled for surgery needed a blood clot evacuated, whereas the one wheeled in for surgery had a simple case of head swelling.
What’s even more baffling is that the surgeon and the assisting staff figured out that they’ve operated on the wrong patient after poking around his brain for several hours, not being able to find the blood clot.
Following the OR bungle, the hospital’s administration was notified, and the neurosurgeon and preparation staff were barred from duty. In addition to suspending the staff, the hospital’s CEO was also placed on leave, following the official investigation.
Several days after the incident, the hospital’s spokesperson declared that the patient affected by the mix-up is doing just fine, and, based on the doctor’s estimates, he hasn’t suffered any permanent brain damage.
Meanwhile, the other patient who required brain surgery was successfully treated at the hospital. According to various news outlets, this isn’t the first time Kenya’s oldest hospital has been involved in scandals.
Over the past years, there have been rumors of sexual harassment cases, newborn being stolen from their cribs, and even a case where a neurosurgical patient died after a similar mix-up. The spokesperson declared that while some of these allegations are true and have been dealt with, no patients have died because they’ve received the wrong type of surgery.
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