Arrogance gets surgeon into trouble
A UK surgeon who twice branded his initials on the liver of his transplantation patients has been fined the equivalent of $17,000 and sentenced to 120 hours of community service.
He has, however, been allowed to continue practising.
Dr Simon Bramhall's actions came to light when one of the livers failed for reasons unconnected with the transplantation,
The surgeon managing the follow-up operation noticed the initials SB on the liver.
The court heard that the branding with an argon beam coagulator would not have harmed the patients.