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A surgeon has admitted assaulting two patients by marking his initials on their livers during transplant operations.

Prosecutor Tony Badenoch said Bramhall abused his power as a surgeon by knowingly applying "unlawful force to a patient whilst anesthetized".

He resigned, was reinstated and resigned again in 2014 from Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he had served for 12 years.

Simon Bramhall, 53, admitted two counts of assault by beating at Birmingham Crown Court but pleaded not guilty to alternative charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

During the liver transplant operations, Bramhall chose to brand his patients using something called an argon beam coagulator.

While operating on the patients, Bramhall used a medical instrument called an argon beam coagulator - which seals bleeding blood vessels by directing a beam of electricity onto the area - to burn his initials onto their livers.

The marks are not thought to damage the organ, and disappear over time.

The liver, spleen and pancreatic consultant had worked at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for almost ten years when his initials were discovered on a patient's...

The prosecutor said Bramhall's actions were carried out "with a disregard for the feelings of unconscious patients".

Following his suspension, Bramhall told the BBC that he "made a mistake". "His acts in marking the livers of those patients, in a wholly unnecessary way, were deliberate and conscious acts on his part". Scriven said. "I wouldn't have cared if he did it to me". "Even if he did put his initials on a transplanted liver, is it really that bad?" "The man saved my life".

Bramhall, who appeared in the dock wearing a pink shirt and dark suit, was granted unconditional bail until he is sentenced on January 12.