KNH boss on leave in brain surgery mix-up

Kenyatta National Hospital. FILE

Kenyatta National Hospital. FILE

Kariuki said the decision to suspend Koros and the head of clinical services Bernard Githae was to allow for investigations which she hinted also touched on the theft case where an infant was stolen from its mother inside the hospital two weeks ago.

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

However, during admission, the one with the swelling was given the name and ID number of the one who had a blood clot in the brain.

One required surgery to remove a blood clot to his brain, while the other needed only medication for a swollen head.

"We are happy to inform the public that the patient is in recovery and progressing well".

An investigation by the Daily Nation newspaper revealed that two men had been taken to the hospital last Sunday.

Kenyatta National Hospital performed a brain surgery on the wrong patient.

The hospital's management said it had also interdicted a ward nurse, theatre receiving nurse, and an anesthetist who are believed to must have played a role in the mishap.

The doctors colleagues have however protested the suspensions, saying that the person who put on the identification tags is the one who is responsible for such a horror. Panyanko said even though it is the nurse who admitted the patient, the surgeon and anaesthetist ought to have briefed the patient on the surgery. 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.

"I have also asked them to submit certified and paginated files of both patients and statements of the personnel", CEO of the board Daniel Yumbya said in a letter.

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