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Controversial butt-enhancement surgery kills Brazilian mother

  • Published at 01:52 pm July 21st, 2018
A collage of Dr Denis Furtado and the late Lilian Calixto with family<b>Photos collected from Instagram and Facebook</b>
A collage of Dr Denis Furtado and the late Lilian Calixto with familyPhotos collected from Instagram and Facebook

The celebrity plastic surgeon who carried out the operation went on the run after using harmful materials

Denis Furtado, a Brazilian celebrity buttock-enhancement surgeon known as “Dr Bumbum” was arrested Thursday over the death of a patient in a botched operation after spending four days on the run.

He now faces charges of homicide and criminal association.

Police said on Twitter that the doctor, who performed the operation in his own apartment, was arrested in Rio.

Furtado, who calls himself “Dr Bumbum” on social media, was arrested in an office building thanks to a tip from an anonymous telephone caller, police said. The 45-year-old's Instagram account reflects his popularity with 650,000 followers.

He had been on the run since Sunday over the death of a bank employee named Lilian Quezia Calixto, who perished hours after a buttock enlargement procedure at Furtado's home in the Barra de Tijuca neighbourhood of Rio.

Tragic death of a mother

Lilian Calixto, a married mother-of-two from central Brazil, reportedly arrived at Furtado's apartment in the upmarket Barra da Tijuca district of Rio last Saturday night. Calixto had travelled 2,000km (1,250 miles) from her home to see the surgeon.

She underwent surgery and started feeling sick soon thereafter. She checked herself into the hospital on Sunday with a racing heart-beat and hypertension, and after four heart attacks she died.

Furtado used a controversial technique in his enhancement surgery, injecting a substance called acrylic glass into his patient's body.

The news has caused shockwaves throughout the industry – Brazil is second only to the United States for the number of plastic surgeries carried out.

The Brazilian Plastic Surgery Society (SBPC) was quick to denounce Furtado, saying "the growing invasion of non-specialists in the specialty has provoked more and more fatalities like this one."

"You cannot perform plastic surgery inside an apartment. Many people are selling a dream, a fantasy to patients in an unethical way and people, weakened, are often attracted to low prices, without considering whether or not the conditions are adequate," SBPC president Niveo Steffen told AFP.