Surgeon admits signing initials on patients' livers

Surgeon admits marking his initials on patients' livers during surgery

A surgeon has admitted assaulting two patients by marking his initials on their livers during transplant operations.

Bramhall pleaded guilty to two assault charges and will be sentenced on January 12, 2018.

Sitting at the back of the court on Wednesday, Bramhall, wearing a pink shirt and dark suit, spoke to confirm his name and to confirm to the judge that he understood the proceedings. But in one of Bramhall's patients, the organ was already damaged from the fire and so was unable to heal itself normally, causing the marked initials to remain.

The spokesman said: 'The welfare and safety of patients is the Trust's priority.

He added that the "repeated act on two occasions", during operations in February 2013 and August the same year, required "some skill and concentration".

With the device, the surgeon sealed blood vessels using an electric beam in order to mark out his initials "SB" on their livers.

Bramhall previously worked at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth hospital, where he gained fame for a dramatic liver transplant in 2010.

Prosecutor Tony Badenoch says the brandings were "an intentional application of unlawful force to a patient whilst anesthetized", and an abuse of Bramhall's position.

"Those assaults were wrong not just ethically, but also criminally".

Patient Concern's Joyce Robins said at the time: "This is a patient we are talking about, not an autograph book".

'His acts in marking the livers of those patients were deliberate and conscious acts.

'It will be for others to decide whether and to what extent his fitness to practise is impaired'. Your legal team need to do further work in terms of completing the documents that you wish to place before me in due course'.

But in 2013, colleagues discovered that he had been initialing his patients' organs.

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