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Kenyan doctor performs brain surgery on wrong patient

Kenyan doctor performs brain surgery on wrong patient”

Contrary to media reports, the hospital's Corporate Affairs and Communications Manager Simon Ithai has assured, none of the two patients have died.

Health Minister Sicily Kariuki also suspended the CEO of the hospital over the blunder.

There was a mistake between one patient who needed a blood coagulation evacuated and another who just required solution for a swollen head, the daily paper announced. Regulators have demanded a report and plan to hold a hearing.

One of the two was booked for brain surgery but due to what the hospital describes as a "mix-up" the wrong patient went under the knife.

"The hospital deeply regrets this event and has done all it can to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the patient in question", read the statement from the hospital, adding the patient was "in recovery and progressing well". A show-cause letter, as the name itself suggests, means that the registrar has to justify his actions.

"As unit colleagues, we believe that while our friend may have exhibited some procedural shortcomings, the surgery was done on the wrong patient mainly because of wrong patient labelling by the ward staff", argued the fellow doctors.

The patient who was operated on is recovering, the hospital says, and an investigation is under way. "Slapping a suspension on our colleague is totally erroneous, victimizing in nature and unwarranted".

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