Simon Bramhall pleaded guilty to assaulting his patients by burning his initials on the their livers under anesthesia during a transplant. He was suspended.
A British surgeon is being sued in Birmingham for engraving laser initials on the liver of two patients he was operating for a transplant in 2013. Facts he acknowledged Wednesday.
“It’s about patients we’re talking about!”
Simon Bramhall pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and battery for writing his initials “SB” on the liver of two patients under anesthesia, without their consent, during a transplant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. On the other hand, he refused to plead guilty to more serious accusations of real bodily harm, since these marks would not affect the functions of the organ.
To sign, the 53-year-old surgeon used an argon gas laser, normally used to prevent bleeding. According to the Guardian, these initials, engraved on 9 February and 21 August 2013, were discovered during a follow-up operation of one of the victims.
The following summer, the doctor had to explain it. “I was the subject of a disciplinary meeting and I was not fired,” he said, acknowledging that he made “a mistake”. “It’s patients we’re talking about, not an autograph book,” said Joyce Robins, a member of Patient Concern , a patient advocacy group.
The doctor suspended pending the verdict
“This is an unusual and complex case,” said prosecutor Tony Badenoch during the hearing. The magistrate considered that this was a case “unprecedented in criminal law”. “Guilty plea is acceptance that what he did was not only unethical but also criminally reprehensible.”
Tony Badenoch has argued that his actions, described by the prosecution as “abuse of power”, were “deliberate and conscious”. “The fact that Dr. Bramhall was writing his initials on a patient’s liver was not an isolated incident, but a repeated act on two occasions, requiring skill and concentration.” This was done in the presence of colleagues.
An opinion that is not shared by Tracy Scriven, one of his former patients, who questions the seriousness of acts in the Birmingham Mail . “Even if he put his initials on a transplanted liver, is it really so bad, I would not have cared if he did it for me, that man saved my life,” he said. she assured.
Pending the verdict, scheduled for January 12, Simon Bramhall is kept at large, without bail. The doctor has, however, been suspended recently.