Patient in KNH surgery mishap finally discharged

Bernard Gitau and Anthony Mwangi @PeopleDailyKe

The mystery of a surgery mishap at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) took another twist after the patient who was due for operation was finally discharged yesterday.

John Mbugua, 38,walked out of the hospital ward in the company of his sister after the discharge with doctors giving him a clean bill of health despite not having been operated on as earlier scheduled.

According to the patient sister, Pauline Njeri, her brother was stable though he did not ‘undergo surgery’ as earlier diagnosed during admission. Mbugua was admitted at KNH with head injuries and diagnosed with a blood clot in the brain.

According to KNH report, Mbugua needed head surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain while the other patient only required nursing and medication to heal a trauma swelling in his head, medically known as closed head injury.

“My brother is well after brain surgery mishap. He was not operated but doctors have prescribed him some medication that would dissolve the blood clot in the head,” said Njeri.

Mbugua walking comfortably without support has raised eyebrows how a man who was involved in a horror mix-up of identification tags that saw the wrong man wheeled into theatre and his skull opened was stable without operation.

The report from KNH also revealed the other patient only identified as ‘Kimani’ who wrongly underwent surgery was also discharged. Meanwhile, Parliament will open a public inquiry on matters surrounding KNH as it attempts to unearth the cause.

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

Committee chairperson Sabina Chege told a press conference in Mombasa that the team will hold the hearings for a week after which it will table its report before Parliament. She said the committee will also be ready to meet any other Kenyan who could be having information on what led to a surgeon to perform an operation on the wrong patient.

Yesterday some MPs from the Rift valley region said they had started the process of collecting signatures to prepare an impeachment motion on Health Cabinet secretary SIcily Kariuki following her decision to send Koros on compulsory leave which they said was unlawful.

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