British Surgeon Was Branding His Initials On Livers

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Oct 29, 2017
South Carolina
Arent you getting paid enough as a surgeon why would you want your initials branded inside somebody too? All he can get punished with is a fine, community service, or in the most serious cases a jail sentence of up to six months. woppdie damn doo

Surgeon Who Etched His Initials on Patients’ Livers Is Convicted of Assault - The New York Times

LONDON — A prominent British surgeon who etched his initials onto the livers of two patients, in a case that shocked many with its audacity, has been convicted of assault.

The surgeon, Simon Bramhall, who gained fame in 2010 after successfully transplanting a plane-crash victim’s liver into a patient, pleaded guilty in Birmingham, England, on Thursday to two counts of assault by beating.

The case divided opinion in Britain. Many have expressed outrage, while others — including some former patients — have defended him.

According to British news reports, Mr. Bramhall, 53, admitted to using an argon beam — an electrified gas jet that liver surgeons typically employ to stanch bleeding or to mark an area of operation on an organ — to etch “SB,” his initials, onto the livers.

Argon beam marks are usually not harmful and would normally disappear. But they were apparently discovered by a colleague when one of the patients underwent a follow-up operation.