What in the health?
A top surgeon in the U.K. has pleaded guilty to two counts of assault after carving his initials into the livers of patients.
Simon Bramhall, a renowned transplant surgeon (that’s not him above, that’s Dr. Giggles), was suspended back in 2013 after a fellow doctor spotted “SB” on a patient’s liver. After an investigation, Dr. Bramhall eventually admitted to using an argon beam, a laser used to cauterize tiny bleeds, to burn the letters onto patients.
The case is so strange, prosecutor Tony Badenoch called it “without legal precedent in criminal law.”
Whether Bramhall’s ability to practice will be removed based on the criminal conviction remains to be seen. A former patient named Tracy Scriven defended him to the Birmingham Mail in 2014, saying:
“Even if he did put his initials on a transplanted liver, is it really that bad? I wouldn’t have cared if he did it to me. The man saved my life.”
Crazy! How wold you feel if YOUR doctor branded you with a tiny little tattoo you couldn’t see??
[Image via Universal Pictures.]