Kenyatta National Hospital has suspended the admission rights of a Neurosurgery Registrar and issued him with a show-cause letter for apparently performing brain surgery a wrong patient.
KNH CEO Lily Koros said on Thursday that they took action following the incident, in line with the hospital’s procedures.
“The hospital deeply regrets this event and has done all it can to ensure the safety and well-being of the patient in question. We are happy to inform the public that the patient is in recovery and progressing well,” Koros said.
She added that the hospital also interdicted a ward nurse, a theatre receiving nurse and an anaesthetist for roles they could have played in the mishap.
According to the hospital’s procedures, such an incident requires the suspension or interdiction of involved medical staff. They are also issued with show-cause letters to explain what happened within seven days.
Unconfirmed reports circulating on social media say that the surgeon, now suspended, was not to blame, but the KNH ward staff who wrong labelled the patient.