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Birmingham Surgeon suspended after branding of initials found on patients liver
Dr Simon Bramhall, 48, has worked at the QE Hospital for over ten years, and has also worked at the University of Birmingham and a number of other hospitals in the Midlands.
The initials ‘SB’ were spotted by a colleague of Dr. Bramhall during a routine surgery on the patient.
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The branding was most likely done by using a beam of argon gas, which is normally used for sealing vessels. Experts have said although the gas does leave superficial burns, it does not usually cause harm to the patient.
One insider said: “If this is true, it is quite astonishing to think that someone may have done this, especially someone as experienced as Mr Bramhall.
“I’m 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? It could have happened hundreds of times, who knows. It was just luck that this incident was brought to light.”
A spokesman from University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust said: “Following an allegation of misconduct, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust has suspended a surgeon while an internal investigation is completed.”
Fears have now arisen that hundreds of other transplant patients could have had the same thing done to them.
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