Johannesburg - An 83-year-old woman who was being treated for a respiratory infection at Mediclinic Kimberley underwent heart surgery when she was mistaken for another patient, Beeld reported on Wednesday.
Mediclinic spokeswoman Denise Coetzee told the newspaper a misunderstanding between two specialists led to Rita du Plessis being operated on, on July 25 this year.
She was in the same ward as another elderly woman and both were patients of the same physician.
“The physician requested the surgeon to take his patient to theatre for a procedure to remove excessive moisture around the heart,” she was quoted as saying.
“Unfortunately, he got confused with their surnames and he gave the wrong patient's name to the surgeon over the phone.”