Posted by News Express | 25 December 2013 | 4,243 times
What was he thinking? That is the question begging for an answer following the revelation that a British surgeon burnt his initials onto a patient’s liver during a transplant operation.
Consultant Simon Bramhall, 48, is accused of burning ‘SB’ onto a patient’s liver as he operated on him. The letters were spotted by a colleague during routine surgery on the unnamed patient.
“It is now feared the letters may have been imprinted onto hundreds of other transplant recipients,” according to The Telegraph.
Bramhall has worked at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, West Mids, for more than ten years.
Telegraph quoted an insider as saying: “It is quite astonishing to think someone may have done this, especially someone as experienced at Mr Bramhall.
“I am hoping this is just a mistake, I don’t know what would possess someone to do that to another human being.
“What gives a person the right to do that to another?
“There should be trust between the two people, although now people may think otherwise about coming to the hospital if the allegations are true.
“I’m just a little shocked that something like this may have happened right under everyone’s noses.
“Imagine if the person died and was an organ donor, would the new owner of that liver want it to be branded? I doubt it very much.
“It could have happened hundreds of times, who knows? It was just luck that this incident was brought to light.”
Reports in the British press say Bramhall, from Redditch, Worcs, is now under investigation over the alleged offences. He is suspected of having used a beam of argon gas, used for sealing vessels, to mark his patient. Experts say it would leave superficial burns but is not usually harmful.
While University Hospitals Birmingham Trust said it “suspended a surgeon while an internal investigation is completed,” Bramhall has denied being suspended.
•Photo shows evil surgeon Simon Bramhall.
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