Surgeon who burned initials onto patients' livers fined $13600

Surgeon who burned initials onto patients' livers fined $13600

Speaking to the press at the time, he said marking his initials on to his patients' livers had been a mistake. The surgeon also has to perform 120 hours of unpaid work.

A DISGRACED surgeon who "betrayed the trust" of his patients by burning his initials on to the livers of two unconscious transplant patients has been spared jailed.

According to reports, a court heard Simon Bramhall, 53, used an argon beam to mark two patients' livers with "SB" in a "naive and foolhardy" attempt to relieve tension in the operating theatre.

Bramhall, who is world-renowned in his profession of specializing in liver, spleen and pancreas surgery, later resigned from his job at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 2014. The marks left by argon do not impair the liver's function and disappear by themselves.

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

Bramhall tendered his resignation the following summer amid an internal disciplinary investigation into his conduct. He's now employed in Herefordshire, at NHS.

The eminent doctor described as one of the leading surgeon's in his medical field appeared for sentencing at Birmingham Crown Court on January 12 after he admitted two charges of assault at an earlier court appearance, claiming his actions were created to relieve tension during surgery.

He pled not guilty to more severe charges of assault causing bodily harm, and prosecutors accepted it.

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"He knew that the action could cause no harm to the patient", said Mr Badenoch.

Judge Paul Farrer QC, who said Bramhall would also carry out 120 hours of unpaid work, told the defendant: "Both of the (transplant) operations were long and hard".

Passing sentence Friday at Birmingham Crown Court in central England, judge Paul Farrer said Bramhall displayed "professional arrogance of such magnitude that it strayed into criminal behavior".

"What you did was an abuse of power and a betrayal of trust that these patients had invested in you".

The judge added that the surgeon did not anticipate nor intend any harm, but that still doesn't make things right.

"Arrogant" consultant surgeon Simon Bramhall has been fined £10,000 and handed a 12 month community order.

A nurse who saw the initialling queried what had happened and Bramhall was said to have replied: 'I do this'.

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