'Arrogant' surgeon who branded initials on livers avoids jail

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One of the patients supporting the surgeon told the court how she had been given just three months to live in 2006 when Simon Bramhall told her he would take the decks to operate on her 15cm tumour.

Bramhall resigned from the Birmingham hospital in 2014 after another surgeon found "SB" branded into a liver and raised concerns.

Simon Bramhall, a British surgeon who branded his initials in the livers of two patients under anesthesia in 2013, has been fined 10,000 pounds ($13,700) and ordered to do 120 hours of community service for his actions.

However, it failed a week later - for reasons unconnected to its implantation - and another surgeon noticed the initials then, the court heard.

The surgeon used an argon beam machine to "write" his initials on the livers of the patients after transplants in February and August 2013.

Although the initials did not contribute to the organ's...

In a victim impact statement, the woman said she had at first thought the report was "too farcical" to have happened, before realising she had been one of Bramhall's patients.

The "arrogant" NHS surgeon admitted to two counts of assault by beating last month. I accept that on both occasions you were exhausted and stressed and I accept that this may have affected your judgment. Speaking to the press at the time, he said marking his initials on to his patients' livers had been a mistake.

Passing sentence 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 said.

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.

"Mr Bramhall had to work exceptionally hard and use all of his skill to complete the operation".

"It was what I would imagine the feeling is for someone who is a victim of rape", she said.

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

"He knew that the action could cause no harm to the patient".

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