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British surgeon fined, avoids jail after burning initials onto livers of patients

British surgeon fined, avoids jail after burning initials onto livers of patients

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said he used a medical instrument called an argon beam coagulator - which seals bleeding blood vessels by directing a beam of electricity on to the area - to inscribe two patients' livers as they were under general anaesthetic.

One woman, known as Patient A, described how she felt like a "victim of rape" after another surgeon discovered the initials.

Bramhall pleaded guilty in December to two counts of assault for branding his patients.

The operations were carried out in 2013 at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Opening the facts of the case against Bramhall, Tony Badenoch QC, prosecuting, said one of the surgeon's victims had been left feeling "violated" and suffering psychological harm.

The eminent doctor described as one of the leading surgeon's in his medical field appeared for sentencing at Birmingham Crown Court on January 12 after he admitted two charges of assault at an earlier court appearance, claiming his actions were created to relieve tension during surgery.

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

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Bramhall, who is world-renowned in his profession of specializing in liver, spleen and pancreas surgery, later resigned from his job at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 2014.

I genuinely believe that the failure of the liver was due to the actions of Simon Bramhall burning his initials on to it. The surgeon used an argon beam machine to burn his initials into the patient's liver, according to the BBC.

Bramhall tendered his resignation the following summer amid an internal disciplinary investigation into his conduct. The court heard that Bramhall later told police he had "flicked his wrist" and made the mark within a few seconds.

"Both of the (transplant) operations were long and hard", Farrer said.

Judge Paul Farrer QC found Bramhall's conduct was an abuse of power "born of professional arrogance", reports the Birmingham Mail. "I accept that you didn't intend or foresee anything but the most trivial of harm would be caused".

Judge Paul Farrer QC, who said Bramhall would must undertake 120 hours of unpaid work, told the defendant: "Both of the operations were long and hard".

Badenoch acknowledged that the surgeon's branding did not cause any harm to the patients' liver, but the practice is still highly immoral and borderline criminal. "We can reassure his patients that there was no impact whatsoever on the quality of his clinical outcomes".