Gospel artiste Jimmy Gait has been trending for months now after he was allegedly misdiagnosed by a Kenyan doctor. He was advised that he needs to undergo throat surgery.
Not willing to gamble with his ability to sing again, Jimmy Gait decided to seek out a second opinion.
Now back in the country after treatment in India, Jimmy Gait has spoken about his condition through his YouTube channel and he said,
WHEN I CONTACTED DOCTORS IN NAIROBI FOR TREATMENT, THEY LISTENED TO MY CASE AND GAVE ME MEDICATION BUT THE PROBLEM PERSISTED.
He sought services of two other local doctors before flying to India. The reason he flew out was because the Kenyan doctors advised that he undergoes surgery ‘without running tests on me’.
‘THEY WERE VERY TRANSACTIONAL. THEY QUOTED VERY HIGH FIGURES FOR ME.’
A wrong diagnosis is considered medical malpractice if the doctor’s actions “deviated from the medical standard of care” of similarly trained doctors.
Most of the time, wrongful diagnoses occur because of medical providers who:
- Fail to order appropriate screening for illnesses and diseases
- Misinterpret lab and test results
- Fail to refer patients to specialists
- Fail to spend adequate time with patients to address symptoms
- Fail to follow up with patients, their test results, and with the referred specialists
Sometimes a serious misdiagnosis is caused by the medical lab or radiology centre incorrectly performing the test or interpreting the results.
The incorrect test results are then given to the doctor who ordered the test.
A patient is always advised to ask for the second opinion.