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Liver-Branding Surgeon Fined More Than $13,000, Ordered To Do Community Service

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Simon Bramhall leaves Birmingham Crown Court in Birmingham, England on Friday. The British surgeon, who burned his initials into patients’ livers during transplant operations, has been fined 10,000 pounds ($13,600) and ordered to perform community service. Joe Giddens/AP hide caption

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Simon Bramhall, the British surgeon who branded his initials onto patients’ livers during transplant surgeries at least twice, has been ordered to do 120 hours of community service and pay £10,000 (more than $13,000).

Bramhall pleaded guilty in December to two counts of assault for branding his patients.

An investigation found that the doctor had marked “SB” on two patients’ livers, as the Two-Way reluctantly wrote last month:

“The Associated Press reports that a prosecutor called the case ‘without legal precedent in criminal law.’

” ‘Bramhall used an argon beam coagulator, which seals bleeding blood vessels with an electric beam, to mark his initials on the organs,’ the AP writes.

“The internal graffiti very likely did not cause any damage, The Guardian reports: ‘The marks left by argon are not thought to impair the organ’s function and usually disappear by themselves.’

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