Simon Bramhall: Surgeon who branded patients' livers during operations fined £10000

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

Consultant Simon Bramhall arriving at court today

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.

But as the surgeon today walks free from court, a woman who had been operated on by him in August 2013 revealed the "full horror" of being one of his victims.

"Because of my ordeal, my trust in doctors has been destroyed".

"I will forever believe in my mind that his branding caused or contributed to the failure of the transplanted liver".

A DISGRACED surgeon who "betrayed the trust" of his patients by burning his initials on to the livers of two unconscious transplant patients has been spared jailed.

Bramhall used an argon beam coagulator, which seals bleeding blood vessels with an electric beam, to mark his initials on the organs.

Birmingham Crown Court was told one of the victims suffered serious psychological harm as a result of the branding, while the other was traced through hospital records but "did not wish to engage" with police.

It was only when one of the livers failed - for reasons unconnected to Bramhall's actions - another surgeon discovered "SB" burnt onto it and took a photo of the 4cm mark.

One of the victims, referred to in court as Patient A, received a donor organ in 2013 in a life-saving operation carried out by Bramhall.

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".

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".

Simon Bramhall, who was supported in court by former patients, said his actions were an attempt to relieve tension during surgery.

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The consultant pleaded guilty to assault by beating after prosecutors accepted his not guilty pleas to charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, the BBC reports.

Even though the act of branding his initials didn't cause any damage to the organs, prosecutors argued it was done with a disregard to the patients' feelings while they were under general anaesthetic.

The Queen Elizabeth hospital said in a statement: "The trust is clear that Mr Bramhall made a mistake in the context of a complex clinical situation and this has been dealt with via the appropriate authorities, including the Trust as his then employer".

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