Surgeon Emmanuel Labram is facing misconduct charges this month after a woman came forward with an allegation that he told her that had successfully removed her brain tumor when he had not. Labram allegedly encouraged her not to seek further treatment after her surgery at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in Scotland. (picture shows brain scan from different case)
The woman said that Labram convinced her that she was healthy after the surgery to remove a tumor growing at the base of her brain. By the time she found out the truth, the tumor was inoperable.
Notably, Labram is not facing a criminal charge but appearing before a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Hearing. He allegedly committed a fraud that will cost her life but it is a mere matter of civil liability and a professional review board. The harshest penalty is a lifetime ban from practice, but what about the criminality of such actions? This is not just negligence but an alleged pattern of false statements and forgeries.
In his surgery, Labram did not remove the lesion that was an inch in diameter but rather four fragments. He is then accused of forging medical documents to continue the deception that he had removed the cancerous growth. This included pathology reports and letters to her GP giving her a clean bill of health. He is also accused of hiding MRI scans showing the cancer was not removed. It seems to me that this should be addressed through not just civil but criminal proceedings.
The 58-year-old surgeon is originally from Ghana but is licensed to practice in Scotland.