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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 11 December 2018

Brazilian plastic surgeon charged with murdering patient

Dr Denis Furtado held after woman died after operation at his Rio de Janeiro apartment

Brazilian doctor Denis Cesar Barros Furtado, widely known as 'Dr. Bumbum', addresses the media at a police station, in Rio de Janeiro. EPA
Brazilian doctor Denis Cesar Barros Furtado, widely known as 'Dr. Bumbum', addresses the media at a police station, in Rio de Janeiro. EPA

A Brazilian plastic surgeon has been charged with murder after one of his patients died after an operation carried out in his Rio de Janeiro apartment.

Dr Denis Furtado, 45, also known as Dr Bumbum for his work on buttocks, performed an operation on manager Lilian Calixto, 46, with help from his mother and girlfriend.

But he was not authorised to carry out the practice in the state of Rio de Janeiro and he is charged with using too much of a chemical that led to Ms Calixto's death.

She fell ill after the operation and he took her to a nearby hospital, where she died after suffering from an abnormally high heart rate.

Dr Furtado became a celebrity plastic surgeon after posting pictures of his surgical work on photo-sharing app Instagram, amassing a following of 650,000.

"I have never had a complication [with a patient]," he said at a police station press conference, pleading his innocence. He said he had performed thousands of operations without issue.

Dr Furtado is accused of using 300ml of an acrylic plastic which should only be used in small doses.

The public prosecutor's office in Rio de Janeiro said Dr Furtado had lured in women "with the false promise of quick and immediate beauty".

In a July Facebook post, he wrote that the procedure was "minimally invasive" and offered "immediate and definitive results, using local anaesthesia and therefore painless". He said there was not "much need of rest after the procedure".

He went missing after Ms Calixto's death but police arrested him June following a four-day manhunt.

The Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery has also condemned Dr Furtado for his actions and said Brazil has a wider cosmetic surgery problem.

His mother faces charges after helping him to practice in the state without a licence and after her own medical licence had been revoked.