'Liver branding' surgeon Simon Bramhall fined £10,000
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A liver surgeon who branded his initials on the livers of two patients has been fined £10,000.
Simon Bramhall, 53, used an argon beam machine to write his initials on the organs of the anaesthetised patients in 2013 while working at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Bramhall, of Tarrington, Herefordshire, admitted two counts of assault by beating at Birmingham Crown Court.
He was also sentenced to a 12-month community order.One of the victims, referred to in court as Patient A, received a donor organ in a life-saving operation carried out by Bramhall.
But the donor liver failed about a week later – for reasons unconnected to its implantation – and another surgeon spotted Bramhall’s initials “SB” branded on the organ.
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