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'Arrogant' surgeon burned his initials onto patients' livers during transplants

13 January 2018

British surgeon Simon Bramhall who admitted burning his initials on the livers of two of his patients has escaped a jail sentence after former patients spoke out in his defense.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Bramhall marked his initials on the patients" livers without their consent "for no clinical reason' using a medical instrument created to seal bleeding blood vessels.

Simon Bramhall, of Redditch, was also sentenced to a 12-month community order at Birmingham Crown Court for assaulting two patients by burning his initials on to their livers during transplant operations.

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".

"I accept that on both occasions you were exhausted and stressed and I accept that this may have affected your judgment", the judge continued.

"I accept that you didn't intend or foresee anything but the most trivial of harm would be caused".

He said the victim who had been identified in the "unique" case had suffered minor physical injury and psychological harm.

Consultant surgeon Simon Bramhall was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court today after he admitted assaulting two unconcious patients.

A Matías Almeyda le molesta ser el malo de la película
"Dije que mientras no arreglara el contrato no iba a jugar, se arregló y es mi deseo tenerlo con los jugadores. Se desvirtuó, cuando un entrenador pide un jugador ya está, mi propósito era pedirlo".

Mr Badenoch said of the initial transplant operation: 'Mr Bramhall had to work exceptionally hard and use all of his skill to complete the operation. This was conduct born of professional arrogance of such magnitude that it strayed into criminal behaviour. "Why did he think that it was appropriate to do this to me?"

"I was so grateful to the medical team who put me on the urgent transplant list so quickly".

He took a photo of it but did not initially report the incident, thinking it was a one-off.

Addressing the earlier court hearing, Mr Badenoch said: 'This has been a highly unusual and complex case, both within the expert medical testimony served by both sides and in law.

A nurse who witnessed the surgeon's actions said she had asked him what he was doing; he is said to have replied: "I do this".

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.

He also entered a guilty plea relating to an operation performed on an unknown patient in February of the same year.

The charges were brought more than three years after Bramhall was suspended by the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

'Arrogant' surgeon burned his initials onto patients' livers during transplants