Surgeon who burned initials on patients’ livers during surgery avoids getting struck out

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Surgeon, 53, who laser-etched his initials onto patients’ livers during transplants, avoids being scrapped

  • Simon Bramhall, 53, admitted to writing his initials on patients’ organs in 2013
  • He worked at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham at the time
  • His registration was temporarily suspended, but after assessment he was found suitable for practice

Simon Bramhall, 53, admitted he used a laser to write his initials on the organs

Simon Bramhall, 53, admitted he used a laser to write his initials on the organs

A surgeon who laser-cut his initials onto the newly transplanted livers of unconscious patients has avoided being cut off.

Simon Bramhall, 53, admitted to using an argon-jet machine to write his initials on the organs of anesthetized patients in 2013 while working at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

He had previously appeared at the Birmingham Crown Court before being ordered to: Do 120 hours of unpaid work and be fined £10,000.

His registration was also temporarily suspended in December.

But a review on June 4 found that his fitness to exercise had not been compromised.

The decision was made in private at a medical court hearing, meaning no further details were published by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.

Bramhall, of Tarrington, Herefordshire, used a medical instrument called an argon jet coagulator — which seals off bleeding blood vessels by directing a beam of electricity onto the area — to enroll the livers of two patients as they were under general anaesthetic.

His actions were not discovered until one of his patients had to undergo another surgery a week later, which caused another surgeon to see the liver specialist’s calling card.

Bramhall resigned from his job at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 2014 when the act came to light, the court was told.

Bramhall (left) had previously appeared at the Birmingham Crown Court before being sentenced to 120 hours of unpaid work and fined £10,000

Bramhall (left) had previously appeared at the Birmingham Crown Court before being sentenced to 120 hours of unpaid work and fined £10,000

Bramhall (left) had previously appeared at the Birmingham Crown Court before being sentenced to 120 hours of unpaid work and fined £10,000

He admitted two counts of assault by hitting after denying the more serious charge of assault involving actual bodily harm.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital said in a statement at the time: ‘The Trust is clear that Mr Bramhall made a mistake in the context of a complex clinical situation and this has been dealt with through the appropriate authorities, including the Trust as his employer at the time.

“We can reassure his patients that there was no impact whatsoever on the quality of his clinical results.”

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