The surgeon who had tattooed the liver of his patients escapes at the prison

Health 14 January, 2018

Prometheus bound, by Theodoor Rombouts (17th century)

Published the 14.01.2018 at 16h29


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What is the difference between a surgeon and God ? God does not take a surgeon… This joke on the hubris of artists, the knife has rarely been more deserved for Simon Bramhall, 53-year-old. This surgeon renowned English had the headlines recently, for having tattooed his initials (” SB “) on the liver of two patients asleep.

The judgment has been made by the british courts : the tagger visceral has just been sentenced to a year of work of general interest and a fine of 10 000 pounds (11 230 euros). For lack of a better qualification, he responded to a complaint of “assault and battery” (assault by beating) on two patients. In February 2017, he also received a simple reprimand of the College of physicians of the uk.

Arrogance professional

“By doing this, you have abused your power and betrayed the trust that patients had placed in you,” said the judge, quoted by The Guardian. Accepting the remorse of the surgeon, and his explanations on the absence of premeditation and the stress of the interventions, it did not fail to lambast his ” arrogant professional “.

In 2013, the surgeon visceral Birmingham had operated a patient for a liver transplant. At the end of the operation, lengthy and complex, it was left to go to tattoo his initials laser-argon, normally used for purposes of hemostasis, the body newly grafted. Brands painless and temporary, without physical consequences, but contrary to all ethics.

Sequelae psychological

Without doubt, this strange practice would have never been discovered if, one week after the intervention, the patient had to be operated again to graft rejection – without any link with the ” tattoo “. Confused, the surgeon had been forced to resign in 2014. With regard to the patient concerned, it still suffers from the psychological consequences, citing an ” overwhelming sense of having been degraded “.

Dr Simon Bramhall has today, not far from Birmingham. With a reputation that it would go well, and that will last probably a few more that graffiti is fleeting.