Just Like Cattle: British Doctor Caught Branding Patient’s Liver With His Initials
Branding, the act of etching initials to a live organism using heat to identify ownership to animals, is outdated, unethical, and downright cruel.
If you think doing it to animals is bad, wait till you get a load of this! According to CNN, a British surgeon has admitted that he branded two of his patients’ livers with his initials.
The surgeon, named Dr. Simon Bramhall, admitted to the Birmingham Crown Court that he etched his initials “SB” on the livers of his two transplant patients using an argon beam. Sources noted that these argon beam are usually used during surgical procedures to stop blood flow, as well as resectioning organs.
According to The Daily Mail, the incident happened while Bramhall was at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, wherein he served as a liver, spleen and pancreatic surgeon for 12 years.
It was discovered when one of the patients had a follow-up operation, wherein the doctors saw that the markings have not healed.
Experts said that the branding done by Bramhall was not really harmful, and in fact, the marks usually disappear by themselves. However, the act is still considered an ethical and criminal violation. The court judge Paul Farrer allowed the disgraced surgeon to appear in the stand, wherein he pled guilty.
Court prosecutor Tony Badenoch said that, ‘This has been a highly unusual and complex case, both within the expert medical testimony served by both sides and in law.”
He added, “It is factually, so far as we have been able to establish, without legal precedent in criminal law.”
Moreover, the prosecutor also noted that Dr. Bramhall’s act was not an accident, or a one-time thing, as it was done twice and in the presence of colleagues.
So for those of you wanting to attempting to modify someone else’s’ liver without their consent, better think twice because you might just land in jail.