An unconscious man in a Kenyan hospital has received a brain surgery in error as the doctors involved mistook him for another patient.
In what can be best described as a nightmare, some Kenyan doctors from the Kenyatta National Hospital have carried out brain surgery on the wrong patient. They only found out the error after opening the male patient’s skull.
“Two men had been wheeled into KNH unconscious last Sunday. One needed head 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, medically known as closed head injury.
“However, a horror mix-up of identification tags saw the wrong man wheeled into theatre and his skull opened.
“Doctors did not realise the mistake until hours into the surgery, when they discovered there was no blood clot in the brain of the man sprawled on the operating table.”
The hospital in a press statement signed by its Chief Operating Officer, Lily Koros announced that it has suspended the 4 health workers on duty that evening including the neurosurgeon, the ward nurse, theatre receiving nurse, and the anaesthetist.
It also states: “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.”
This suggests that the patients were wrongly identified.
In a shocking twist the patient that was initially meant to have surgery is now reported to be recovering quickly and might not need it anymore. Meanwhile, the patient wrongly operated on is also reported to be recovering well.
This is not good news for the Kenyan health sector as the incident shows lack of alertness on the part of the doctors involved.