Brain surgeons perform procedure on wrong patient

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Nairobi, Kenya, has suspended four of its staff for reportedly performing a brain surgery on the wrong patient.

But doctors at Kenyatta Nation Hospital were unaware that they sawed open the wrong guy until they failed to find a blood clot in his brain, the Daily Nation reported.

Koros announced the suspension of a neurosurgeon, ward nurse, theater receiving nurse, and anaesthetist in response to the mix-up.

Kenyatta National Hospital chief executive officer Lily Koros when she appeared before the National Assembly Health Committee on January 26, 2018.

On Thursday, Koros sought to assure the public that the patient whose head was unnecessarily cut into, was in recovery and "progressing well".

A neurosurgeon and medical team were suspended from a Kenyan hospital this week after a tag mix-up resulted in the wrong patient having his skull opened.

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Both were admitted to ward 5A, which covers general surgery and trauma patients without fractures.

Instead, the doctors conducted a full blown operation on the wrong patient's brain. People have now been inquisitive about the commitment of the medical staff at the hospital and about pre-surgery procedures in Kenyan hospitals, especially on how to ensure the right patient is operated on the right place.

It wasn't until hours into the surgery that doctors discovered there was no blood clot, according to a report from the BBC news service.

The doctor examined a CT scan of the patient and his file before recommending surgery. "The second patient, who was scheduled to go for surgery is, fortunately, also stable, he has been put on treatment and is under watch".

In a miracle of some sort, the Nation was informed that both patients were in good condition, and that the one who had a clot might not undergo surgery because he had improved significantly.

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