The British surgeon accused of engraving his initials on the liver of two patients was sentenced to community service and a fine.
What is the difference between a surgeon and God? God does not take for a surgeon ... This joke about thehybris Scalpel artists have rarely been more deserved than Simon Bramhall, 53. This renowned English surgeon had hit the headlines lately for tattooing his initials ("SB") on the liver of two sleepy patients.
The judgment has just been rendered by the British justice: the visceral tagger has just been sentenced to one year of work of general interest and a fine of 10,000 pounds (11,230 euros). For lack of a better qualification, he responded with a complaint for "assault and battery" (assault by beating) on two patients. In February 2017, he also received a simple blame from the British College of Physicians.
"By doing this, you have abused your power and betrayed the trust these patients had placed in you," the judge said, quoted by The Guardian. Accepting the remorse of the surgeon, and his explanations on the lack of premeditation and the stress of the interventions, he did not fail to denounce his "professional arrogance".
In 2013, the visceral surgeon from Birmingham operated on a patient for a liver transplant. At the end of the operation, long and complex, he had let himself go to tattoo his argon laser initials, normally used for the purpose of hemostasis, on the newly grafted organ. Painless and temporary marks, without physical consequences, but contrary to any deontology.
No doubt this strange practice would never have been discovered if, a week after this intervention, the patient had to be operated again for rejection of the graft - not related to the "tattoo". Confused, the surgeon had to resign in 2014. As for the patient concerned, she would still suffer psychological sequelae, evoking a "Overwhelming feeling of having been degraded".
Dr. Simon Bramhall still practices today, not far from Birmingham. With a notoriety that he would do well, and that will probably last a little longer than his ephemeral graffiti.