Simon Bramhall: Surgeon who branded patients' livers during operations fined £10000

  • Simon Bramhall: Surgeon who branded patients' livers during operations fined £10000

Simon Bramhall: Surgeon who branded patients' livers during operations fined £10000

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.

The consultant pleaded guilty to two counts of assault by beating in December after prosecutors accepted his not guilty pleas to charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Simon Bramhall, 53, told police he used an argon beam machine to initial the organs to relieve operating theatre tensions following hard and long transplant operations in 2013.

The liver was salvaged from the plane and Bramhall successfully transplanted the liver into the patient and saved the patients life.

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

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

Prosecutor Tony Badenoch said that Bramhall "said in hindsight [the branding] was naive and foolhardy - a misjudged attempt to relieve the tension in theatre", The Guardian reports. What was Simon Bramhall thinking of?

The court heard that a surgeon colleague was "taken aback" when he discovered the initials SB on the patient's liver when removing it after it failed.

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

Bramhall arrived at court for sentencing today (12 January) and was also handed a 12-month community order.

The University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust said: "The Trust is clear that Mr Bramhall made a mistake in the context of a complex clinical situation and this has been dealt with via the appropriate authorities, including the Trust as his then employer".

He told him: "I accept that on both occasions you were exhausted and stressed and I accept that this may have affected your judgement".

One of the patients supporting the surgeon was Barbara Moss, who was given just three months to live in 2006 when Simon Bramhall told her he would operate on a 15cm tumour.

Patient A declined Bramhall's offer of an apology after the "unbelievable and farcical" allegations emerged in late 2013 and opted to report the matter to the General Medical Council and the police.

Defence barrister Michael Duck QC said: "A number of people who sit in this court are able to sit in this court because of the skill of Mr Bramhall".