Doctors in Kenya didn’t exactly use their noggins when they performed a brain surgery on the wrong man, according to a report Friday.
In the mind-numbing screw-up, medical workers at the Nairobi hospital accidentally switched identification tags on two patients — one of whom was set to go under the knife to remove a blood clot in his head, according to Kenya’s Daily Nation.
The other patient only needed a minor treatment for brain swelling with no invasive surgery, according to the outlet.
But doctors at Kenyatta Nation Hospital were unaware that they sawed open the wrong guy until they failed to find a blood clot in his brain, the Daily Nation reported. At least four hospital staffers — including nurses, neurosurgeon and a CEO — were suspended as authorities investigated Friday, according to the report.
Lily Koros, the hospital’s CEO, apologized for the switcheroo. “[The hospital] deeply regrets this event and has done all it can to ensure the safety and well-being of the patient in question,” Koros said, according to the paper. “We are happy to inform the public that the patient is in recovery and progressing well.”
But Koros herself was also forced to take a leave of absence while the matter was investigated. At least two doctors involved are furious over their suspension, saying nurses who prepared the patient for surgery are at fault, according to Kenya’s The Star.