Signing Your Work: Surgeon Suspended After Branding Initials On Patient's Liver

January 2, 2014


Simon Bramhall, a surgeon at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, was suspended and is being investigated after a fellow surgeon discovered 'SB' seared into the liver of a patient Simon had previously worked on. Call me a traditionalist, but I would have seared a cartoon penis. Like, one that's as wide as it is long.

It is said that he used argon gas to burn his initials on the patient.

The gas is used to seal vessels, but is not usually harmful.

A source close to Mr Bramhall said that he had performed 'hundreds of transplants'.

They added: 'If an organ has been made available by the family of someone who has passed away, the last thing they would want is to find it has been violated.

'I am hoping this is just a mistake.

' I don't know what would possess someone to do that to another human being.

Maybe Simon just signed the liver so people would know who previously worked on it so they could come to him if they had any questions. Or maybe Simon is just an @$$hole. Based on his face alone, my guess is @$$hole.

Thanks to Thaylor H, who would have just sewed the patient up with a business card inside like a decent doctor.

  • setheaster

    That's a little too Orphan Black for me.

  • DrZanz

    Wow people need to lighten the fuck up. It doesn't hurt the liver, you can't see it under ANY normal circumstances (outside of an operation or autopsy). It doesn't actually affect anyone.

    This is like getting angry at the builders who sign the brick walls in your house before plastering. Absolutely stupid.

  • Hoosi tau

    Would you mind if it was done to your body? If you say no then that's fine.

  • DrZanz

    I consider myself a reasonable person. Of course I wouldn't mind if it was done to my liver.
    As I said in my first post, if it actually affected the way anything works, then yea I'd be pissed. But it doesn't, so why dwell on it?

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    Fun fact! Surgeons are amont the jobs with most psychopaths... Wait, that's not fun.

    Oh, and by the way, the trasplant waiting is limited by the organ availability and compatibility, not due to the lack of surgeons. Let's hope a non-psycho one takes his place.

  • Joey

    Badass? If someone anesthetized you and branded you on your ass that would be assault. You can't see your ass cheeks and neither will most people, but that doesn't make it any less of a violation. This is even worse. Someone donated that liver. It is not his to brand, and it is a violation of the guy on the table. Whether you can see it or not.

  • Frédéric Purenne

    SO FUCKING WHAT? Is he proficient? Does the patient live? Is it badass? Will it make wait line to surgery longer?

    YES TO ALL!! Why suspend him?

  • It's called vandalism.
    You can't just go around scrawling your initials on other peoples property.

  • Frédéric Purenne

    I'm sorry but I'm all for unharmful graffitis... whether on the side of a building or a body part.

  • grimbldoo

    The human body and its contents are not considered property unless donated to science.

  • rebekahshurman

    Not gonna lie... This is pretty badass. But shame on him.

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