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Kenyan Parliament to open a public Inquiry following wrong brain surgery

Wrong brain surgery

Kenyan parliament will open a public inquiry following a mix up in brain surgery at the country’s largest referral facility Kenyatta National Hospital.

The National Assembly Health Committee will next week begin to hold hearings with professional bodies in the health sector, and the management of the referral hospital including the suspended chief executive Lily Koros.

Chairperson Sabina Chege says committee members will hold the hearings for a week after which they will later table their report before parliament.

She says the committee will also meet Kenyans who have useful information on the mix up noting that the victim will also be accorded a hearing.

Early this week, doctors at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi went on a massive strike to protest the suspension of a neurosurgeon and other staffers who allegedly performed brain surgery on the wrong patient.

The surgeon, two nurses and an anesthetist were suspended last week after they were said to have opened a patient’s skull in a procedure to remove a blood clot.

The patient’s identification tag reportedly had been inadvertently switched with the intended patient, leading to the mix-up in February. At some point during the surgery, the doctors reportedly could not find a blood clot and discovered the error.

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