Surgeon admits to branding initials on patients' livers

An accomplished British surgeon has admitted branding two of his patients' livers with his initials. Yes, you read th...

Posted: Dec 14, 2017 7:00 PM
Updated: Dec 14, 2017 7:01 PM

An accomplished British surgeon has admitted branding two of his patients' livers with his initials. Yes, you read that right.

Dr. Simon Bramhall, 53, admitted to Birmingham Crown Court that he etched "SB" onto the livers of two transplant patients in 2013 using an argon beam. Argon beam coagulators are commonly used during such operations to stop blood flow and resection organs.

Bramhall's handiwork didn't appear to damage either liver, but the Telegraph reported that one of the patients ended up having other complications and that the initials were discovered during a followup procedure. Surprise, surgeons!

Bramhall was suspended in 2013 and resigned from his surgical position at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham in 2014. A Birmingham Crown Court representative said he was charged with assault causing actual bodily harm but pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a lesser charge of assault by beating (beating here refers to the physical act of inscribing the livers, not actually beating the patients). He is free on bail and will be sentenced on January 12.

Elizabeth Reid, a specialist prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in London, said Bramhall's actions were "deliberate and conscious."

"Those assaults were wrong not just ethically, but also criminally," she said in a statement. "It was an abuse of the trust placed in him by the patients."

After he resigned in 2014, Bramhall told the BBC that he'd made a "mistake," in reference to the incidents.

Efforts to contact the law firm RadcliffesLeBrasseur for comment from Bramhall's lawyer were not successful.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 135142

Reported Deaths: 1832
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah28678460
Washington18867175
Marion16394242
Clackamas11789138
Lane8467110
Jackson700485
Umatilla685671
Deschutes507339
Yamhill322846
Malheur316453
Linn314949
Polk249240
Klamath246944
Josephine178535
Benton174314
Jefferson171225
Douglas170943
Union112516
Wasco109123
Columbia105418
Lincoln100417
Hood River96121
Coos95215
Morrow94510
Clatsop6925
Crook62911
Baker5765
Tillamook3692
Curry3235
Lake2365
Grant2131
Harney1784
Wallowa973
Gilliam511
Sherman470
Wheeler201
Unassigned00
Eugene
Cloudy
45° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 42°
Corvallis
Partly Cloudy
45° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 45°
Roseburg
Cloudy
48° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 48°
North Bend
Cloudy
48° wxIcon
Hi: 55° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 44°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events