Multiple staff at a Nairobi, Kenya, hospital have been suspended after the wrong patient received brain surgery.

One of the patients needed surgery for a blood clot on their brain, whereas the other needed a non-invasive treatment for swelling. However, staff mixed up the identification tags and sent the wrong person into the procedure.

Doctors did not realize the mistake until hours into the surgery when they discovered that there was no blood clot. Four staff – the neurosurgeon, ward nurse, theatre receiving nurse, and anaesthetist, have been suspended.

The patient is recovering well from the unintended surgery. There is no word on the blood clot patient.

Source: Kenya doctors ‘perform brain surgery on wrong patient’ – BBC News


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