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Surgeon free to practice again — despite branding patients’ livers with his initials

Surgeon free to practice again — despite branding patients’ livers with his initials

The infamous surgeon who was suspended for branding patients’ livers with his initials has reportedly been deemed fit to practice again by a UK medical review board.

The twisted medical practitioner, Simon Bramhall, 53, pleaded guilty in 2017 to two counts of assault stemming from using a surgical laser to burn his autograph into patients’ organs while practicing at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 2013.

Passing sentence at Birmingham Crown Court in central England, Judge Paul Farrer said Bramhall displayed “professional arrogance of such magnitude that it strayed into criminal behavior.”

As a result of his macabre hobby, the surgeon was fined $13,600 and ordered to perform 120 hours of community service in 2018. His registration was subsequently suspended.

However, the morbid medical professional could continue to practice: On June 4, a review board ruled that Bramhall’s ability to perform surgery had not been impaired by his creepy antics, the Daily Mail reported. Details surrounding the verdict are scant as the decision was made in a private hearing, and the findings were not published by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.

It was ruled that Bramwall's ability to perform surgery was not impaired by his creepy antics.
It was ruled that Bramhall’s ability to perform surgery was not impaired by his creepy antics.
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Reports state that the doctor had reportedly used a medical instrument called an argon beam coagulator to brand two patients’ livers while they were under general anesthesia.

Surgeons use argon beams to stop livers from bleeding, but can also use the tool to burn the organs’ surfaces to sketch out the area of an operation.

And while the marks normally disappear, a female patient’s liver did not heal in the typical way and the initials “SB” were discovered by a fellow doctor during a follow-up operation. Bramhall resigned from his job in 2014 after his ghoulish John Hancocks came to light.

Despite his ludicrous antics, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital said in a statement at the time: “The Trust is clear that Mr. Bramhall made a mistake … [But] we can reassure his patients that there was no impact whatsoever on the quality of his clinical outcomes.”

Debbie Fox, whose mother was treated by surgeon Simon Bramhall.
Debbie Fox, whose mother was treated by surgeon Simon Bramhall.
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