A man with a brain tumour who instead received knee surgery as part
of a medical mix-up in Tanzania has died, the country's health minister
said last week.
Emmanuel Mgaya, who underwent knee instead of brain surgery on November
8 at the country's main Muhimbili hospital, died Thursday - two days
after undergoing the proper surgery for a second time, Health Minister
David Mwakyusa said.
Mwakyusa said the condition of knee patient Emmanuel Didas, operated
for a non-existent brain tumour, was also critical.
The minister said Didas will be sent to India for further treatment.
"He is still in a bad condition and doctors have recommended that he
should be flown abroad for specialised treatment," he added.
"Government is very sorry"
Mgaya was operated on locally in an attempt to save his life after
his condition deteriorated further and he developed convulsions, the
"It is very unfortunate and the government is very sorry," he added.
The bungle, caused by confusion over the patients' same first name,
sparked condemnation across the impoverished East African nation, known
for its poor healthcare infrastructure.
The two surgeons responsible have been suspended while other staff
involved have been ordered to provide written explanations for the
There are only about 100 professional surgeons for a population of
at least 36 million, according to the Tanzanian Surgical Association. (Sapa-AFP)
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