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Surgeon who burned initials into patients' livers fined $13600

Surgeon who burned initials into patients' livers fined $13600 Surgeon who burned initials into patients' livers fined $13600
Patty Aguilar | 13 January, 2018, 07:59

Simon Bramhall, 53, resigned from his job at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 2014 after another surgeon found "SB" branded on a failed donor liver, the city's Crown Court was told. What was Simon Bramhall thinking of? "Why did he think that it was appropriate to do this to me?"

"Because of my ordeal, my trust in doctors has been destroyed".

"It was Mr Bramhall who gave me my first instincts of hope", Barbara Moss explained.

"I will forever believe in my mind that his branding caused or contributed to the failure of the transplanted liver".

He previously pleaded guilty to two counts of assault by beating relating to two incidents on February 9 and August 21 in 2013, and denied the more serious charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Mr Badenoch said: "This case is about his practice on two occasions, without the consent of the patient and for no clinical reason whatever, to burn his initials on to the surface of a newly-transplanted liver".

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Bramhall marked his initials on the patients' livers without their consent "for no clinical reason" using a medical instrument created to seal bleeding blood vessels.

Patient A said she was shocked to discover Bramhall had branded his initials on her during a life-saving operation.

But the donor liver failed around a week later - for reasons unconnected to its implantation - and another surgeon spotted Bramhall's initials on the organ.

Passing sentence, Judge Paul Farrer QC reportedly said: "Both of the (transplant) operations were long and hard". But the surgeon used the device to burn his initials "SB" into the livers of two patients.

A nurse who witnessed the surgeon's actions said she had asked him what he was doing; he is said to have replied: "I do this".

He said: "As far as we know it's a unique case in terms of the facts and demonstrates really the vulnerability of patients and the degree of trust they place in their surgeons when they are having an operation and the importance that that trust is protected and respected by doctors".

Defense attorneys argued Bramhall's acts were a "naïve and foolhardy" attempt on his part to relieve the tension of multiple operations, the BBC reported.

'The pleas of guilty now entered represent an acceptance that that which he did was not just ethically wrong but criminally wrong'.

The charges were brought more than three years after Bramhall was suspended by the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

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