January 12, 2018
A patient whose liver was “branded” by a transplant surgeon has been left permanently traumatised by his actions, a court has heard.
Simon Bramhall has admitted writing his initials SB on the livers of two patients while working at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
A judge ordered Bramhall, 53, to pay a £10,000 fine and undertake 120 hours of community service when he was sentenced at Birmingham crown court.
The court heard that the highly respected surgeon’s initials were discovered when the new liver of one of his patients failed four days after the transplant. Bramhall had used a cauterising device known as an argon beam coagulator to burn his initials into the transplanted liver.
Although the initials did not contribute to the organ’s…