British Surgeon Signed His Initials On Patients' Livers With Argon Beam

British Surgeon Signed His Initials On Patients' Livers With Argon Beam

The BBC reported that Simon Bramhall pleaded guilty to charges of assault by beating at the Birmingham, England, Crown Court and will be sentenced on January 12. To carve his initials, the surgeon used an argon beam, which is a tool for stopping livers from bleeding during operations and for highlighting areas that the procedure will focus on.

As the case moves forward, Crown Prosecution Service specialist prosecutor Elizabeth Reid sums up the case for the prosecution: "It was an intentional application of unlawful force to a patient whilst anaesthetised".

Bramhall resigned from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham in 2014 after facing a disciplinary hearing when another doctor discovered the branding.

Bramhall is free on bail. Doing so usually isn't harmful, as the marks would typically fade.

A prominent British surgeon who etched his initials onto the livers of two patients, in a case that shocked many with its audacity, has been convicted of assault.

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Simon Bramhall, a renowned transplant surgeon (that's not him above, that's Dr. Giggles), was suspended back in 2013 after a fellow doctor spotted "SB" on a patient's liver.

Bramhall was reinstated in April 2014, pending an internal investigation, but then resigned from the hospital in May 2014 and said he made a decision to step down because of stress-induced illness, according to the Birmingham Mail.

At the time of his resignation, Bramhall told the press marking his initials had been a "mistake".

The surgeon's actions, he said, were "a highly unusual and complex case" without precedent in criminal law.

Prosecuting attorney Tony Badenoch said, "The pleas of guilty now entered represent an acceptance that that which he did was not just ethically wrong but criminally wrong". Bramhall was issued a formal warning by the General Medical Council in February 2017 that said his conduct had not met the standards required of a doctor and that it "risks bringing the profession into disrepute". "The man saved my life".

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