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Scishorts: Kenyan Doctors Performed Invasive Brain Surgery on the Wrong Patient

Kenya’s Daily Nation just reported that staff from the Kenyatta National Hospital mixed up two patients’ identification tags just before a surgery. This caused the doctors to perform invasive brain surgery on a patient who needed treatment only for brain swelling. It took them hours to realize that the blood clot they were looking for was missing because they were operating on the wrong head. Four medical professionals from the hospital have been suspended including an anesthetist, a neurosurgeon, a theater receiving nurse and a ward nurse. The patient, however, is in good condition now.