A neurosurgeon, ward nurse, theatre receiving nurse and anaesthetist, all at the Kenyatta National Hospital in Kenya have been suspended after a brain surgery was done on a wrong patient at the hospital.
A BBC report suggested that the brain surgery was meant to be conducted on one patient who had blood clot on his brain, while another was supposed to undergo only non-invasive treatment for swelling.
However, there was some sort of a mix up, leading to the doctors carrying out the brain surgery on the man who needed just a non-invasive treatment.
Unfortunately, Daily Nation reported that the anomaly was not detected until "hours into the surgery, when they discovered there was no blood clot."
Though reports suggested that the wrong man’s head was cut open before the reality came to light, the head of the Kenyatta National Hospital is quoted as saying he was "in recovery and progressing well".
CEO, Lily Koros apologized on behalf of the facility, saying it "deeply regrets this event and has done all it can to ensure the safety and well-being of the patient in question.”
She added that: "We are happy to inform the public that the patient is in recovery and progressing well."
As part of the processes to regain public trust and ensure measures are put in place to guarantee the safety of patients, Mrs. Koros said: "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."
Meanwhile, reports say other workers of the hospital have protested the suspension meted out to the officials, saying the one who placed the identification cards on the patients should be the one answering questions.