Doctor Arrested After Signing His Initials on Livers of 2 Patients
A surgeon pleaded guilty to charges after admitting that he marked his initials on the livers of two patients who had undergone transplant surgery.
Simon Bramhall was charged with two counts of assault for two separate incidents, one on February 9, the other on August 21, both 2013.
Known as a transplant surgeon, Bramhall used an argon beam to write his initials on the livers of the two patients. The marks are thought to be harmless and do not impair the organ’s functions. They also usually disappear by themselves.
Bramhall already resigned from Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Elizabeth Reid, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said Bramhall’s actions were an abuse of the trust placed in him by the patients.
“It was an intentional application of unlawful force to a patient whilst anaesthetised,” she remarked. “His acts in marking the livers of those patients, in a wholly unnecessary way, were deliberate and conscious acts on his part.”
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