RIO DE JANIERO, Brazil — A celebrity surgeon known in Brazil as “Dr. BumBum” went on the lam after a patient died during a botched butt enlargement procedure.
A judge issued a warrant for Dr. Denis Furtado arrest on homicide charges after 46-year-old Lilian Calixto fell ill and died at a Rio hospital following the procedure at Furtado’s home in the posh district of Barra de Tijuca.
Investigators believe Furtado injected acrylic glass filler into the rear of the married mother of two, the BBC reported.
Furtado vanished after the judge issued a warrant for his arrest. Police detained his girlfriend, Renata Fernandes Cirne, on suspicion of taking part in the procedure.
Furtado is a well known figure on Brazilian TV, and had nearly 650,000 followers on his recently-deleted Instagram account. His Facebook page is filled with before-and-after shots of butt enlargement procedures.
Niveo Steffen, the president of the Brazilian Plastic Surgery Society, said Furtado’s practices suggested he wasn’t a completely legit doctor.
“You cannot perform plastic surgery inside an apartment,” he said. “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.”
Friends of Calixto, a former HSBC bank manager, told local media she had always had a “dissatisfaction with her butt” and had undergone many other procedures to change her appearance.
“She did not need it, she’s always been beautiful since she was a teenager. I remember her at the age of 16. Everything about her was perfect. … But a woman is never satisfied with her body,” said her friend Lucy Macedo.