Surgeon Accused of Branding Initials on Patient's Liver
UK doctor has been suspended
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2013 4:00 PM CST
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(Newser) – When a liver-transplant patient ended up back in the operating room for an unrelated procedure, the surgeon noticed an odd thing: The letters "SB" were branded on the patient's liver. And the name of the doctor who had performed that transplant? Simon Bramhall. Sure, it might be a bizarre coincidence, but Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham has suspended Bramhall as it investigates, reports the Telegraph. Bramhall has performed hundreds of transplants, raising fears that scores of patients bear signs of his handiwork. The best guess is that he used argon gas, which would leave superficial burns but is thought to be otherwise harmless.

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okaragozian
Dec 27, 2013 6:20 PM CST
Possibly not harmful, but definitely unethical.
Dave Ruth
Dec 27, 2013 10:50 AM CST
This seems strange to be sure, but it seems to be a bit overblown as well. The guy felt great pride in his work and even put his initials on it. It seems that there are many people in todays society that needs to be forced to take a mandatory insensitivity course, since they just seem to be offended for the smallest of things.
TessTalks
Dec 26, 2013 9:36 PM CST
What the f&%k.