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Details of what transpired in KNH surgery blunder

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Kenyatta National Hospital medics implicated in the KNH medical blunder that saw a registrar perform a brain surgery on the wrong patient today appeared before the parliamentary health committee.

The registrar who performed the surgery defended his actions saying he did his due diligence as a doctor before performing the surgery.

“I walked and confirmed from the file and and CT scan that the patient was John Nderitu. I then demanded that the ward should be called and confirm that this is John Nderitu,” he said.

He says that the medical staff with him in the surgery also reassured him that the patient had a label before the surgery process started.

“The ward then called back and i was reassured by both nursing and medical staff within theater that the patient’s identity was confirmed by ward 5 A,” said Ng’ang’a.

He says that it is after the opening the patient’s head that he realised that there was no blood clot.

“I then made the decision to to stop the surgery and close the wound of the patient and do an urgent CT scan on the head of the patient,” he said

The doctor says while in the process of writing the notes, he was informed of the mix up in patients by Dr. Hudson Ng’ang’a who was alerted of the error by a ward 5 A nurse.

“At this point i informed the senior consultant on call, Doctor Gichuru Peter Mwangi who also happens to be the head of the neurosurgical unit at KNH and to be the fourth on call,” he stated.

He further narrated the necessary steps he took after realizing that he had opened the head of the wrong patient.

The registrar was accompanied by nurse Catherine Gakii and other two medical staff.



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