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She said four staff - the neurosurgeon, ward nurse, theatre receiving nurse and anesthetist - had been suspended.

The Kenyatta National Hospital, which admitted the horrific error has suspended the doctor, as well as two nurses and an anaesthetist, according to a statement on Friday.

TUKO.co.ke understands that the patient whose brain was slit open only required nursing for a swelling on the head.

In what has been described as "horrific" a mix-up on identification tags saw the wrong person being the recipient of a brain surgery.

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.

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Kenyatta National Hospital, the country's largest referral hospital, is facing a dilapidation of services and infrastructure.

"I apologise over patient mix-up at KNH, I have directed that KNH CEO be sent on compulsory leave until probe is over", Ms Karikui has said. Some have demanded the resignation of the entire hospital board of management in the wake of the controversies that have tarnished the hospital.

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

"The mix up started at the point of dressing the patient, because the patient who was to be taken to theatre had the names but they belonged to the one who ought not to have been taken to theatre", she said revealing both were in the Emergency Casualty wing.

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. "The second patient, who was scheduled to go for surgery is, fortunately, also stable, he has been put on treatment and is under watch". Lily Koros had suspended the four medics.


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