Notorious plastic surgeon Dr Bumbum charged with murder over patient death in Brazil

Operation to enlarge woman's buttocks went fatally wrong 

Denis Furtado, known as Dr Bumbum, being escorted to police station after arrest

A celebrity plastic surgeon known as Dr Bumbum has been charged with murdering one of his patients in Brazil after an operation 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 licenced to practice 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".

The Brazilian Plastic Surgery Society has 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 licenced to practice 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 She allegedly continued to practise medicine and operate with her son after her own license was revoked.

Dr Furtado had disappeared after the operation but police caught him in July after four days on the run.

In a video posted on social media at the time, he said Ms Calixto's death had been a "fatal accident" and said he had performed 9,000 such procedures without incident.

In a press conference during the same period, his lawyer Naiara Baldanza said her client was innocent.

“For every truth there is a parallel truth,” she told reporters. “Many facts have surfaced and I am sure we will show the innocence of Dr Denis.”

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