Brain surgery performed on wrong patient in Kenya

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The accident and emergency wing of Kenya's oldest hospital, the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), in Nairobi. AFP

NAIROBI (AFP) – A neurosurgeon at Kenya’s largest hospital has been suspended after performing brain surgery on the wrong patient on Friday. Kenyatta National Hospital said the surgeon, as well as two nurses and an anesthetist, had been suspended pending investigation. The hospital’s CEO was also suspended over the blunder. An investigation revealed that two men had been taken to to the hospital last Sunday. One required surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain, while the other needed only medication for a swollen head. The doctors did not realise the mistake until two hours into the procedure. Both the person operated on and the blood clot patient are in good condition, according to The Daily Nation newspaper.

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