A celebrity Brazilian plastic surgeon famous for his buttock-enhancing operations has been charged with murder about a month after one of his patients died following a cosmetic intervention.
- Denis Furtado performed the butt lift procedure at his Rio de Janeiro apartment
- The victim died at a hospital where Dr Furtado took her a day after the procedure
- Dr Furtado went on the run for four days after the incident
Denis Furtado — who is known famously on social media as “Dr Bumbum” and “Dr Butt” — was charged along with his mother, girlfriend, and an assistant, after they performed a butt lift procedure at his Rio de Janeiro apartment.
The victim, Lilian Calixto, a 46-year-old bank manager, died at a hospital where Dr Furtado had taken her the day after the procedure.
Local media reported that the charge sheet from the public ministry indicated Dr Furtado used an excessive amount of a transparent thermoplastic material called PMMA.
Ms Calixto reportedly arrived at the hospital with an abnormally fast heart rate after having silicone injected into each buttock, before her death.
Dr Furtado disappeared for four days after he dropped Ms Calixto off at the hospital.
The lawyer for Dr Furtado said her client was innocent and had not turned himself in to police because he was in a panic.
Dozens of deaths among women in Latin America have been put down to the use of synthetic polymers such as the one Dr Furtado is alleged to have used.
Dr Furtado was a celebrity who revelled in his nickname in social media posts. He had more than 600,000 followers on his Instagram account and a further 44,000 on his Facebook page and used both to publish “before” and “after” photos of his treatments.
Dr Calixto has since been denounced by the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery.
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