Four Kenyan medical doctors have performed brain surgery on the wrong patient. Imagine being booked for a non-invasive treatment only to be wheeled into the hospital operating theater for brain surgery. This unfortunate incident happened as a result of a mix-up of identification tags.
Apparently one patient required surgery for a blood clot on the brain while the other only needed a non-invasive treatment for swelling. The doctors did not even realise the mishap until hours into the surgery where they noticed that there was no blood clot.
The male patient is recovering while the doctors have been suspended. However, in a report by Kenyan publication The Star, the doctor’s colleagues have protested against the suspension. They are of the belief that the person who put on the identification tag is the one who should be dealt with.
Kenyatta National Hospital’s CEO Lily Koros said the hospital ”deeply regrets this event and has done all it can to ensure the safety and well-being of the patient in question”.