Stella Dimoko Horror As Doctors Open Skull Of Wrong Patient.....


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Friday, March 02, 2018

Horror As Doctors Open Skull Of Wrong Patient.....

A neurosurgeon has been suspended for opening up the head of the wrong patient in one of the worst cases of medical malpractice to become public at Kenyatta National Hospital.

Two men had been wheeled into KNH unconscious last Sunday.

One needed head surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain while the other only required nursing and medication to heal a trauma swelling in his head, medically known as closed head injury.

However, a horror mix-up of identification tags saw the wrong man wheeled into theatre and his skull opened.

Doctors did not realise the mistake until hours into the surgery, when they discovered there was no blood clot in the brain of the man sprawled on the operating table.

They had cut open the head of the wrong patient in a dizzying case of medical malpractice that once again casts the spotlight on the country’s biggest referral hospital.

The mix-up also raises questions about pre-surgery procedures in Kenyan hospitals, especially on how to ensure the right patient is operated on the right place.

It also calls to question doctors’ lack of commitment to their patients to ensure they receive the care they need to get well.

The Daily Nation, which investigated the scandal since Wednesday, will not publish details of the patients out of respect for their privacy and because it was not clear on Thursday if their families had been informed of the operation.

Last evening, hospital management threw out this reporter by dramatically having security guards escort her out of the premises for making enquiries about the incident.

In an effort to limit the damage following enquiries, the hospital’s chief operating officer Lily Koros issued a statement announcing the suspension of four medics who were at work on the fateful night.

They included the neurosurgeon, the ward nurse, theatre receiving nurse, and the anaesthetist.

“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,” Ms Koros said.

The team only realised the mistake more than two hours into the operation after opening the head of the wrong patient, only to find a swollen brain but no blood clot.

After consulting a senior neurosurgeon on call, the operating doctor was instructed to proceed no further, clean up the area and close the head.

The doctor examined a CT scan of the patient and his file before recommending surgery.

Both showed that there, indeed, was a blood clot in his head.

However, the scan was from the wrong patient and the team did not discover the mistake until after the surgeon was halfway into the operation.


  1. Oh God! They need to seize their license, ah ah what negligence or carelessness.

  2. you see how Doctors dey kill people. these ones will administer wrong drugs .

  3. #Restart and refocus, as many times as you need to*

  4. It's not just the doctor at fault it's the entire chain who had contact with that case. Where were the nurses? The doctor is trained to do the work, but they depend on so many other ppl, they cannot do it alone. The head of that department needs to update their flow of practice. This was an extremely unfortunate incident but it provides the hospital administration with the opportunity to revamp the system.

  5. trust to put whole blame on d doctors. the horror though. thank God the patient is fine

  6. No doctor goes to work with plans of killling their patient, sometimes people die and you keep wondering what else you could have done to save that life


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