Brain surgeons perform procedure on wrong patient

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Kenyatta National Hospital CEO Lily Koros

Reports indicate that one was in need of nursing and medication to heal a trauma swelling in his head while the second had a blood clot in his brain.

This comes just a day after doctors at the hospital conducted a brain surgery on a wrong patient which caused a public uproar.

The staff at the hospital were later defended by the head of the Kenyan doctors" union, who said the mix-up laid bare the dangers to patients of an "overwhelmed' system and staff.

"The hospital deeply regrets this event and has done all it can to ensure the safety and well being of the patient in question", read the statement from the hospital, adding the patient was "in recovery and progressing well", Koros said.

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Koros has been placed on leave during an investigation, along with the hospital's director of clinical services.

Those suspended include the neurosurgery registrar, a ward nurse, an anaesthetist and a theatre nurse.

Wrong-site surgery may involve operating on the wrong side, as in the case of a patient who had the right side of her vulva removed when the cancerous lesion was on the left, or the incorrect body site. They were all given show cause letters.

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.

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"These are quality system issues that should not be levelled at staff, ' Dr Ouma Oluga, chief executive officer of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists" Union, .

Social media users were scathing about the apparent error. The board has since demanded a hearing into the matter.

A baby that was stolen from the hospital in February was recovered hours later in a Nairobi slum.

Kenyatta National Hospital is Kenya's oldest and largest hospital, and also serves as a teaching hospital.

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Its management blames insufficient funding and says inadequate health provision more widely in Kenya has placed an unreasonable burden on the hospital.

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