UPDATED: Surgeon sentenced for burning initials on patients' livers


A surgeon has pleaded guilty to assault by beating after burning his initials into the livers of two patients undergoing transplants.

Birmingham Crown Court heard how Dr Simon Bramhall wrote his initials on the livers of the two patients without their consent, and for no clinical reason, in 2013 while working as a liver transplant surgeon at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

While operating on the patients, Bramhall used a medical instrument called an argon beam coagulator - which seals bleeding blood vessels by directing a beam of electricity onto the area - to burn his initials onto their livers.

Elizabeth Reid from the CPS said: "Simon Bramhall was a respected surgeon who assaulted two of his patients while they were undergoing surgery.

"It was an intentional application of unlawful force to a patient whilst anaesthetised. His acts in marking the livers of those patients, in a wholly unnecessary way, were deliberate and conscious acts on his part.

"Those assaults were wrong not just ethically, but also criminally. It was an abuse of the trust placed in him by the patients."

UPDATE: On 12 January, Simon Bramhall was sentenced to a 12 month community order with a requirement to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work and fined £10,000.

[This story was originally published on 13 December 2017]

Notes to editors

  • Simon Bramhall (dob 28.10.64.) pleaded guilty to two counts of assault by beating.
  • Elizabeth Reid is a Specialist Prosecutor for CPS Special Crime.
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