Doctors began brain surgery, then realized they operated on wrong patient

Lily Koros COO of Kenya National Hospital suspended after mix-up in brain surgery

On Thursday, it emerged that the Kenyatta National Hospital performed a brain surgery on a wrong patient.

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.

The two were shown door to pave way for investigations over the surgery done to a wrong patient.

"Hospital staff then closed the patient up and sent him back to the ward", the management said. It has demanded a report from the hospital and plans to hold a hearing.

The incident comes weeks after the country's health minister called for an investigation into claims on social media that new mothers had been sexually assaulted by male staff members in the newborn unit at the hospital, according to BBC News.

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The Kenyatta National Hospital, which admitted the horrific error has suspended the doctor, as well as two nurses and an anaesthetist, according to a statement on Friday. The hospital also expressed regret over the incident.

In a statement signed by KNH Chief Executive Officer Lily Koros, the hospital apologised for the mistake as they assured the safety of the affected patient.

"We are happy to inform the public that the patient is in recovery and progressing well", she said. It adds that the person who had the blood clot might not need to undergo surgery after all, as his condition has improved significantly.

Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki who apologized to the family of the affected patient and Kenyans directed the hospital's board to immediately undertake a probe on the referral hospital's mess. The doctors' union defended staff, saying the hospital was "overwhelmed" by staff shortages and inadequate operating theatre space. Even though she put a fearless face and defended the hospital, behind the scenes, calls for her resignations were coming from all quarters, including politicians who felt she has lost control of the largest referral hospital in the country. "Doctors are overwhelmed", union head Ouma Oluga says.

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