There has been an outpouring of rage in the social media after a neurosurgeon at Kenya’s largest hospital performed brain surgery on the wrong patient. The Kenyatta National Hospital, which admitted the horrific error has suspended the doctor, as well as two nurses and an anesthetist, according to a statement on Friday. Health minister Sicily Kariuki also suspended the chief operating officer of the hospital, Lily Koros, over the blunder. Lily Koros had suspended the four medics.
It was the latest scandal to hit the hospital in recent weeks, after allegations of staff assaulting patients, and the theft of a baby. An investigation by the Daily Nation newspaper revealed that two men had been taken to the hospital last Sunday.
The two men were wheeled into the hospital unconscious. One needed head surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain, while the other only required nursing and medicine to heal a trauma swelling in his head, medically known as closed head injury. Hours into the surgery doctors discovered there was no blood clot in the brain of their patient, and that they were in fact operating on the wrong man, the newspaper reported. The hospital’s chief operating officer, Lily Koros, issued a statement announcing the suspension of four medics who were at work on that night. The hospital also expressed regret over the incident. “The hospital deeply regrets this event and has done all it can to ensure the safety and well being of the patient in question,” read the statement from the hospital, adding the patient was “in recovery and progressing well,” Koros said.
Kenyatta National Hospital is Kenya’s oldest and largest hospital, and also serves as a teaching hospital.