'Dr Bumbum' charged with murder after death of patient

Desiree Burns
August 16, 2018

A celebrity plastic surgeon known as "Dr Bumbum" has been charged with murder after he went on the run when one of his patients died.

He is alleged to have given Lilian Calixto an excessive 300ml dose of poly (methyl methacrylate), PMMA, a filler linked to dozens of deaths in Latin America.

Prosecutors charged Furtado, his mother, his girlfriend and secretary Renata Fernandes and domestic employee, Rosilane da Silva with homicide.

The charge sheet against Dr Furtado alleges that he prepared his flat for surgery "in a very provisional and precarious way".

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

Furtado's plastic surgery work turned him into a celebrity. 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.

He has since been denounced by the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery, with its president admitting that the country - which is second only to the United States for the number of procedures carried out - has a problem.

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The plastic surgeon, who has almost 650,000 followers on Instagram, is a regular on Brazilian TV screens and "had attracted women with the false promise of quick and immediate beauty", according to the public prosecutor's office in Rio de Janeiro.

Furtado and his mother had remained at large for five days following Calixto's death.

Police said they found the surgeon, who is allegedly not registered to practice medicine in Rio de Janeiro, in the same city following a tip-off.

The public prosecutor's office in Rio de Janeiro said the doctor 'had attracted women with the false promise of quick and immediate beauty'. The hospital refused to comment. "Many facts have surfaced and I am sure we will show the innocence of Dr Denis".

Local media reported that the hospital said Calixto arrived with tachycardia, an abnormally fast heart rate, after having silicone injected into each buttock.

At the time of his arrest in July, Dr Furtado's lawyer Naiara Baldanza, said in a statement that 'any conclusion regarding the death of Lilian Calixto and my client's responsibility in this fatality is premature'.

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