Doctors give wrong patient heart surgery

SOUTH AFRICA – A private hospital in South Africa has admitted carrying out heart surgery on the wrong patient after a name mix-up.

Local media reports Rita du Plessis, 83, was being treated for a respiratory infection, but ended up in theatre for a procedure to remove excess moisture around her heart.

Her doctor at Mediclinic in the city of Kimberley had mixed up patients' names in a phone discussion with the surgeon.

"A misunderstanding between two