A TOP surgeon who burnt his initials into the livers of two patients with a laser has avoided being struck off.
Simon Bramhall, 56, had admitted using an argon beam machine to write “SB” on the organ of an anaesthetised transplant patient.
The Sun exposed him in 2013 and he quit his job at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital the following year, after another surgeon found the 4cm-high initials on a failed donor liver.
Bramhall, of Tarrington, Herefordshire, was handed a 12-month community order and fined £10,000 in 2018 after admitting two counts of assault by beating.
He blamed his offending on stress at work.
One female patient said she “feels like a victim of rape”.
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Bramhall’s registration was suspended for a minimum of five months last December after a tribunal said his fitness to practise had been impaired.
But he has now been given the green light to keep working following a review last Friday by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, which overturned the earlier ruling.
No other details of the private hearing were published.