Surgeon performs brain surgery on wrong patient

A patient at a hospital in Kenya is "progressing well" after a doctor mistakenly performed brain surgery on him.

The neurosurgeon who did the recent procedure and the CEO of the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi were both suspended, according to the Guardian.

There was a mix-up between one patient who needed to have a blood clot removed and another who merely needed medication for a swollen head, the newspaper reported.

"The hospital deeply regrets this event and has done all it can to ensure the safety and well-being of the patient in question," the hospital said in a statement, according to the Guardian. It added that the patient was "in recovery" and "progressing well."

Doctors at the hospital came to the defense of the surgeon who was suspended, saying the gaffe took place "because of wrong patient labelling by the ward staff," according to The Star newspaper in Nairobi.

The embattled hospital was embroiled in controversy earlier this year when allegations of rape and sexual harassment of patients surfaced. More than 30 women said they suffered sexual abuse at the country's largest public hospital.

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