KNH boss on leave in brain surgery mix-up

03 March, 2018, 04:57 | Author: Darrell Lopez
  • Kenyatta National Hospital. Inset the hospital’s CEO Lilly Koros

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

One needed surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain, while the other simply required nursing and medication to heal a swelling to his head, caused by trauma.

Following the Thursday 1 March mishap, the hospital suspended the admission rights of the Neurosurgery Registrar who performed the surgery on the wrong patient and issued him with a show-cause letter.

Dr Thomas Mutei and John Ong'ech will run the hospital as investigations continue into the mishap that led to asurgery on the wrong patient.

At least four hospital staffers - including nurses, neurosurgeon and a CEO - were suspended as authorities investigated Friday, according to the report.

As well as the allegations that new mothers were sexually assaulted in the hospital, a woman was able to kidnap a newborn baby there in February. Some on social media have expressed outrage over the incident.




After all, they told reporters, the person who put the identification tag on the wrong patient is the one who should be punished.

"The staff in theatre had no way of telling they were operating on the wrong patient because he was unconscious", a source, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, said.

"We are happy to inform the public that the patient is in recovery and progressing well", she said.

A man was waiting to go under the knife after it was discovered he had a blood clot in his brain.

"Doctors are overwhelmed. You find one doctor could be doing 10 to 19 operations [in a day]", he said.

The neurosurgeon operating at Kenyatta National Hospital has been suspended. 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.

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