‘Dr Bumbum’ charged with murder over op

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‘Dr Bumbum’ charged with murder over op


Brazilian “celebrity” surgeon Dr Denis Cesar Barros Furtado. Photo: AP
Brazilian “celebrity” surgeon Dr Denis Cesar Barros Furtado. Photo: AP

A celebrity plastic surgeon known as Dr Bumbum has been charged with murdering one of his patients in Brazil after an operation allegedly went wrong.

Dr Denis Furtado was enlarging the buttocks of Lilian Calixto when she fell seriously ill.

He was performing the procedure at his home in Rio de Janeiro using his mother, girlfriend and maid as assistants.

The 45-year-old – who was not actually licensed to practise medicine in the city – used a far greater dose of the chemical PMMA than advisable, the charge sheet said.

Although he took Ms Calixito to hospital as her condition deteriorated, the 46-year-old bank manager and mother-of-two died hours later.

The public prosecutor’s office said Dr Furtado – who has appeared on Brazilian TV and amassed 650,000 social media followers – had “attracted women with the false promise of quick and immediate beauty”.

The charge sheet detailed how he had used 300ml of PMMA, a synthetic resin substance, when “it is recommended that it is used only in very small doses and in a restricted way”.

Dozens of deaths among women in Latin America have been put down to the use of synthetic polymers such as the one Furtado is alleged to have used.

He was quickly denounced by the Brazilian Plastic Surgery Society, who warned against using the chemical for any aesthetic purposes altogether because of the associated risks.

Dr Furtado’s flat, meanwhile, was prepared for surgery “in a very provisional and precarious way”, the sheet said.

He himself was licensed to practise medicine only in the state of Goiás and in Brasilia, not in Rio.

His mother, Maria de Fátima Barros Furtado, also faces charges.

She allegedly continued to practise medicine and operate with her son after her own licence was revoked.

Dr Furtado disappeared after the operation but police caught him in July after four days on the run. His lawyer said he had not turned himself in because he was panicking.

Irish Independent

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