'Arrogant' U.K. surgeon burned initials onto patients' livers
The Associated Press
Published Friday, January 12, 2018 9:09AM EST
LONDON -- A British surgeon who burned his initials into patients' livers during transplant operations has been fined 10,000 pounds (US$13,600) and ordered to perform community service.
Simon Bramhall pleaded guilty last month to two counts of assault, in a case a prosecutor called "without legal precedent in criminal law."
Bramhall used an argon beam coagulator, which seals bleeding blood vessels with an electric beam, to mark his initials on the organs.
The 53-year-old surgeon resigned from Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham in 2014 after another doctor discovered what he'd done. The hospital says there was "no impact whatsoever" on the success of the operations.
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 behaviour."