Surgeon who burned initials into patients' livers fined $13600

Surgeon who branded his initials onto patients' livers fined £10,000

Surgeon who branded his initials onto patients' livers fined £10,000

Simon Bramhall, the British surgeon who branded his initials onto patients' livers during transplant surgeries at least twice, has been ordered to do 120 hours of community service and pay £10,000 (more than $13,600).

Bramhall resigned from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, central England, in 2014. The marks left by argon do not impair the liver's function and disappear by themselves.

The offence of assault by beating was brought against Bramhall to reflect the act of marking the liver and there is no suggestion he was responsible for physically "beating" either patient.

Bramhall pleaded guilty in December to two counts of assault by beating after pleading not guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

A surgeon has been found guilty of assault by beating after he branded his initials on the livers of two patients.

A photograph of the organ showing the 4cm high letters, taken on a mobile phone, was used as evidence in the case.

Bramhall tendered his resignation the following summer amid an internal disciplinary investigation into his conduct.

One woman, known as Patient A, described how she felt like a "victim of rape" after another surgeon discovered the initials. He now works for the NHS in Herefordshire.

In a victim impact statement, a patient who had her liver initialled by Mr Bramhall said she had suffered an "overwhelming feeling of violation" and believed her organ failed because of his actions.

Acknowledging that Bramhall's actions had not caused either patients" new liver to fail, Mr Badenoch said: "This case is about his practice on two occasions, without the consent of the patient and for no clinical reason whatever, to burn his initials on to the surface of a newly-transplanted liver'.

Judge Paul Farrer QC said: "Both of the (transplant) operations were long and hard".

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

"He knew that the action could cause no harm to the patient", said Mr Badenoch. He told Bramhall: "Both of the operations were long and hard".

He said: "I accept that on both occasions you were exhausted and stressed and I accept that this may have affected your judgement.This was conduct born of professional arrogance of such magnitude that it strayed into criminal behaviour".

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