A surgeon from a Birmingham, West Mids hospital has been suspended over allegations that he “branded” his initials onto a patient’s liver.
Simon Bramhall, 48 is accused of burning “SB” onto a patient’s liver while performing surgery. The surgeon has worked at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for more than ten years.
A colleague reportedly found the letters during a routine operation and now hospital officials fear the letters may have been imprinted onto hundreds of other transplant recipients, the Telegraph reports.
The University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust confirmed that they are investigating the claims made against Bramhall. The Trust released the following statement:
“Following an allegation of misconduct, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust has suspended a surgeon while an internal investigation is completed.”
An anonymous insider told the Telegraph that it is “quite astonishing to think someone may have done this, especially someone as experienced as 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.”
Experts say while the “branding” could leave superficial burns, it is usually not harmful.
The allegations, however, are still shocking to many.
“This is a patient we are talking about, not an autograph,” Joyce Robins, of campaign group Patient Concern said according to CFM Radio.