U.K. surgeon accused of branding patient's liver



QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:45 AM ET

A British doctor has been suspended for allegedly branding his initials on a patient's liver.

The surgeon worked at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, located in central England, the BBC reported Tuesday.

The doctor's initials were reportedly found by a colleague during another operation.

The doctor has been identified in British media reports as 48-year-old Simon Bramhall. His website says Bramhall has been a consultant surgeon at the hospital since 2002.

"I am hoping this is just a mistake, I don't know what would possess someone to do that to another human being," an inside source told the Telegraph newspaper.

Experts told the newspaper the branding may have been done using a beam of argon gas, which would leave a superficial burn and would not be harmful to the organ.