British surgeon admits signing initials on patients' livers

Simon Bramhall leaves Birmingham Crown Court
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Elizabeth Reid of the Crown Prosecution Service added in a statement: "Simon Bramhall was a respected surgeon who assaulted two of his patients while they were undergoing surgery".

The patients - one of whom can not be named for legal reasons and the other being unknown - were under anaesthetic while the operations were carried out at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital in February and August 2013.

Well the female patient's liver didn't heal properly and the initials were found in a routine follow-up operation.

Bramhall pleaded guilty to two assault charges and will be sentenced on January 12, 2018.

He was suspended when the branding was discovered by another surgeon.

Simon Bramhall used an argon beam coagulator - a tool which seals bleeding blood vessels with an electric beam - to burn his initials "SB" in the livers. According to the Guardian, the marks left by an argon beam are not known to impair an organ's function.


Bramhall resigned after a disciplinary hearing in May 2014. "Those assaults were wrong not just ethically, but also criminally".

British surgeon admitted to lasering initials on patient's livers.

Prosecutor Tony Badenoch QC accused the surgeon of abusing his position and carried out the act with a disregard for the feelings of the unconscious patients.

Patient Concern's Joyce Robins said at the time: "This is a patient we are talking about, not an autograph book".

"His acts in marking the livers of those patients were deliberate and conscious acts".

In February 2017, Bramhall was issued with a formal warning by the General Medical Council, which said his conduct had not met the standards required of a doctor. "Whilst this failing in itself is not so serious as to require any restriction on Mr Bramhall's registration, it is necessary in response to issue this formal warning". "The man saved my life", she said.

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