Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

'Arrogant' surgeon who branded initials on livers avoids jail

'Arrogant' surgeon who branded initials on livers avoids jail

In December, the liver, spleen and pancreas surgeon admitted two counts of assault by beating.

Military surgeon Colonel Douglas Bowley also paid tribute to the work Bramhall has carried out on injured service personnel returning from the war in Afghanistan.

But the donor liver failed around a week later - for reasons unconnected to its implantation - and another surgeon spotted Bramhall's initials on the organ.

A WOMAN who had her liver branded with the initials of her surgeon has revealed she feels like a "victim of rape" as he walks free from court.

Bramhall then resigned in 2014 after disciplinary proceedings.

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.

Prosecutor Tony Badenoch QC reportedly told the court one of the victims was left feeling "violated" and suffering ongoing psychological harm.

Birmingham Crown Court earlier heard that the surgeon's actions were a "naive and foolhardy" attempt to relieve tension after two hard transplant operations.

Sky's Tom Parmenter, in court for the sentencing, said a "significant number of other former patients of Simon Bramhall were in court to show their support and gratitude".

But marking his initials on the livers of his patients meant he abused his position and betrayed the trust of those who were at their most vulnerable.

Bramhall's actions came to light when one of the patients had further surgery a week later.

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".

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

He said: "I accept that on both occasions you were exhausted and stressed and I accept that this may have affected your judgement.This was conduct born of professional arrogance of such magnitude that it strayed into criminal behaviour".

"And no greater vulnerability than that of a patient who's under general anaesthetic and the breach of that trust and the abuse of that power were aggravating features that led us to conclude it was the right thing to do to take this case forward".

"He knew that the action could cause no harm to the patient".

"It was important to bring this prosecution, both for the victims and also to maintain the confidence of patients who put their complete trust in surgeons", said Frank Ferguson, head of special crime for the Crown Prosecution Service.

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