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British surgeon Simon Bramhall suspended for his 'branding initials on liver' Transplant surgeon Mr Simon Bramhall is accused of branding a patient's liver with his initials. A BRITISH surgeon has been suspended over allegations he "branded'' his initials onto a patient's liver, media reported on Tuesday. Simon Bramhall faces an investigation after a colleague discovered the initials "SB'' on the organ during a follow-up operation at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, central England, newspapers said. The 48-year-old consultant has held his position at the hospital for over a decade, sparking fears the surgeon may have similarly branded hundreds of other transplant, reports UK paper Metro. A source said: "It is quite astonishing to think someone may have done this, especially someone as experienced at Mr Bramhall. "I am hoping this is just a mistake, I donâ€™t know what would possess someone to do that to another human being. "Iâ€™m just a little shocked that something like this may have happened right under everyoneâ€™s noses. "It could have happened hundreds of times, who knows? It was just luck that this incident was brought to light." The hospital's managing trust said in a statement: "Following an allegation of misconduct, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust has suspended a surgeon while an internal investigation is completed.'' The Daily Mail newspaper said Bramhall used non-toxic argon gas to sear his initials onto the liver. When initially approached Mr Bramhall, from Redditch, Worcestershire, denied he was suspended. http://www.news.com....d-1226789587164 (24/12/13)