Now for this week's most WTF incident...
Simon Bramhall, a [former] surgeon at Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham, specializes in the liver, spleen, and pancreas. What's he famous for? Nothing much, he just admitted that he has carved his own initials into the organs of two of his patients!
A once respected doctor that had worked at the hospital for 12 years--12 fcking years. He has even caught the attention of media and became famous before for something else, something great: he performed a transplant using the liver of a dead patient due to a plane crash at Birmingham airport in 2010.
Shockingly, when a surgeon performed follow-up surgery on one of Bramhall's patients in 2013, they saw odd marks--letters SB burned into the liver. And just some months later, another patient was found to have the same marks!
Apparently, Bramhall had used an argon beam--an equipment stop bleeding during surgery. Perhaps he was on his artistic mood and just decided to utilize this to carve his own initials into his patient! Some kind of a souvenir, eh?!
These marks normally disappear by themselves. However, given that these patients already have impaired liver function, the marks still became visible during follow-up surgeries. Nonetheless, these marks won't impair the function of the liver itself.
The said doctor was suspended and eventually resigned. Tracey Scriven, a previous transplant patient, seemed to defend him, saying that he should be rehired by the hospital immediately so that he could "save more lives".
“Even if he did put his initials on a transplanted liver, is it really that bad?" Tracey told the Birmingham Mail “I wouldn’t have cared if he did it to me. The man saved my life."
After his suspension, UK group Patient Concern, said: “This is a patient we are talking about, not an autograph book,” the Guardian reports. Speaking to the BBC, the surgeon said carving his initials into his patients had been "a mistake".
And in a court hearing, the prosecution said that Bramhall's actions weren't an isolated incident and took "some skill and concentration". BBC News reports the prosecution claimed the act was "done in the presence of colleagues," who were complicit in the "disregard for the feelings of unconscious patients". Still, the case don't have "legal precedent in criminal law".
Will you blame me for being mad? What's your take on this?
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