A KENYAN neurosurgeon is in deep kak after mistakenly cutting open the skull of the wrong patient.
According to Daily Nation, the hospital horror happened last Sunday at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi.
Two men had been wheeled into the hospital with head injuries. Scans showed that one had a blood clot in his brain, which needed to be surgically removed.
The other had a trauma swelling in his head, but only needed care and medication to heal.
But a horror mix-up of identification tags on the two patients resulted in the wrong man being wheeled into theatre and having his skull cut open.
It was only two hours into the operation when the doctors couldn’t find the blood clot that they realised they were operating on the wrong man.
Miraculously, the man wrongly operated on is said to be recovering, while the man with the clot has reportedly improved so much that he might not need surgery afterall.
All hell has now let loose on the pre-surgery procedures in Kenyan hospitals that can allow such a blunder to occur.
The hospital’s chief operating officer Lily Koros issued a statement announcing the suspension of the neurosurgeon, the ward nurse, theatre receiving nurse, and the anaesthetist who were at work on the fateful night, said the Daily Nation.