Surgeon admits to burning his initials into patients' livers

A British surgeon has admitted to burning his initials into the liver of two patients during their transplant operations. 

According to CBS News, prosecutors say in 2013 Simon Bramhall used an argon beam coagulator, to etch "SB" on the organs.

The BBC reports, that the branding isn’t believed to be harmful to the liver and usually disappear. 

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Medical instruments sit in trays inside a operating theater at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, part of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, in Birmingham, U.K., on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Health care repeatedly appears near the top in surveys of voters' concerns. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images
FILE: An anaesthetist monitors a patient's heart rate and other data displayed on electronic monitors during an operation inside a theater at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, part of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, in Birmingham, U.K., on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. As the U.K. government proposes spending 160 million pounds ($207 million) to support medical research and health care we select our best archive images on health. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Medical instruments sit in surgical trays inside a theater at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, part of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, in Birmingham, U.K., on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Health care repeatedly appears near the top in surveys of voters' concerns. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images
FILE: Medical staff work in the background as a pressure infusor bag hangs from a medical stand inside an operating theater at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, part of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, in Birmingham, U.K., on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. As the U.K. government proposes spending 160 million pounds ($207 million) to support medical research and health care we select our best archive images on health. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images
FILE: A member of the medical staff secures his face mask whilst working inside an operating theater at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, part of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, in Birmingham, U.K., on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. As the U.K. government proposes spending 160 million pounds ($207 million) to support medical research and health care we select our best archive images on health. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A model of an eye reconstruction sits on a bench inside the Maxillofacial (Max Facs) Prosthetic Department at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, part of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, in Birmingham, U.K., on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Health care repeatedly appears near the top in surveys of voters' concerns. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An employee works on the model of an eye reconstruction inside the Maxillofacial (Max Facs) Prosthetic Department at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, part of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, in Birmingham, U.K., on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Health care repeatedly appears near the top in surveys of voters' concerns. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Medical supplies sit on shelves inside a operating theater at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, part of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, in Birmingham, U.K., on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Health care repeatedly appears near the top in surveys of voters' concerns. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Medical instruments sit in surgical trays inside a theater at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, part of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, in Birmingham, U.K., on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Health care repeatedly appears near the top in surveys of voters' concerns. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An employee works on the model of an eye reconstruction inside the Maxillofacial (Max Facs) Prosthetic Department at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, part of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, in Birmingham, U.K., on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Health care repeatedly appears near the top in surveys of voters' concerns. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Models of skeletal facial structures, produced by a 3D printing machine, sit on a bench inside the Maxillofacial (Max Facs) Prosthetic Department at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, part of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, in Birmingham, U.K., on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Health care repeatedly appears near the top in surveys of voters' concerns. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Satyesh Parmar, consultant oral and maxillofacial surgeon, holds a plastic plate as he performs a facial reconstruction operation to move part of a patient's hip bone to their face inside a theater at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, part of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, in Birmingham, U.K., on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Health care repeatedly appears near the top in surveys of voters' concerns. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Satyesh Parmar, consultant oral and maxillofacial surgeon, performs a facial reconstruction operation to move part of a patient's hip bone to their face inside a theater at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, part of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, in Birmingham, U.K., on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Health care repeatedly appears near the top in surveys of voters' concerns. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Satyesh Parmar, consultant oral and maxillofacial surgeon, performs a facial reconstruction operation to move part of a patient's hip bone to their face inside a theater at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, part of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, in Birmingham, U.K., on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Health care repeatedly appears near the top in surveys of voters' concerns. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A member of the medical team holds a 3D printed model of the facial reconstruction for reference during an operation inside a theater at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, part of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, in Birmingham, U.K., on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Health care repeatedly appears near the top in surveys of voters' concerns. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A member of the medical team holds a 3D printed model of the facial reconstruction for reference during an operation inside a theater at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, part of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, in Birmingham, U.K., on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Health care repeatedly appears near the top in surveys of voters' concerns. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A member of the medical team prepares equipment during an operation inside theater at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, part of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, in Birmingham, U.K., on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Health care repeatedly appears near the top in surveys of voters' concerns. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Models of prosthetic noses sit on a bench inside the prosthetic department at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, part of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, in Birmingham, U.K., on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Health care repeatedly appears near the top in surveys of voters' concerns. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A patient lies on the operating table during his facial reconstruction operation inside theater at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, part of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, in Birmingham, U.K., on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Health care repeatedly appears near the top in surveys of voters' concerns. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Members of the medical team perform a facial reconstruction operation to move part of a patient's hip bone to their face inside a theater at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, part of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, in Birmingham, U.K., on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Health care repeatedly appears near the top in surveys of voters' concerns. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A patient's foot rests on the operating table inside a theater at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, part of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, in Birmingham, U.K., on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Health care repeatedly appears near the top in surveys of voters' concerns. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Members of the medical team perform a facial reconstruction operation to move part of a patient's hip bone to their face inside a theater at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, part of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, in Birmingham, U.K., on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Health care repeatedly appears near the top in surveys of voters' concerns. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Surgeons, medial staff and observers gather around a patient during an operation inside theater at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, part of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, in Birmingham, U.K., on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Health care repeatedly appears near the top in surveys of voters' concerns. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Medical instruments sit in surgical trays inside a theater at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, part of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, in Birmingham, U.K., on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Health care repeatedly appears near the top in surveys of voters' concerns. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Consultants look at information on a Apple Inc. laptop computer inside a theater at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, part of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, in Birmingham, U.K., on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Health care repeatedly appears near the top in surveys of voters' concerns. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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However, one liver that may have been damaged didn’t heal, leaving the marking visible. 

The 53-year-old surgeon, resigned in 2014 from Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham after another doctor discovered what he had done. 

Bramhall pleaded guilty to two counts of assault on Wednesday.

He is expected to be sentenced in January. 

 

 

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