British Surgeon Who Branded His Initials On Patients' Livers Fined £10000

Maricruz Casares
Enero 13, 2018

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.

A surgeon who burned his initials into the livers of two patients has been fined £10,000.

The consultant pleaded guilty to two counts of assault by beating last month after prosecutors accepted his not guilty pleas to charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm relating to two patients.

Birmingham Crown Court heard how one of the victims was left feeling "violated" and still suffers extreme psychological harm. But the surgeon used the device to burn his initials "SB" into the livers of two patients. This was conduct born of professional arrogance of such magnitude that it strayed into criminal behavior.

One woman, known as Patient A, described how she felt like a "victim of rape" after another surgeon discovered the initials.

'I accept that you didn't intend or foresee anything but the most trivial of harm would be caused'.

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Judge Paul Farrer QC, who said Bramhall would must undertake 120 hours of unpaid work, told the defendant: "Both of the operations were long and hard".

"I was so grateful to the medical team who put me on the urgent transplant list so quickly". What was Simon Bramhall thinking of? The branding was four centimetres (1.5 inches) high. I think it should have been thrown out.

The liver was salvaged from the plane and Bramhall successfully transplanted the liver into the patient and saved the patients life. I genuinely believe that the failure of the liver was due to the actions of Simon Bramhall burning his initials on to it.

Bramhall originally told police he had "flicked his wrist" and made the mark within a few seconds, while a nurse who questioned him told Birmingham Crown Court he told her: "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". "He also said that in hindsight this was naive and foolhardy - a misjudged attempt to relieve the tension in theatre", Mr Badenoch said.

Bramhall worked at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for 12 years before he quit.

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