A high profile plastic surgeon nicknamed Dr. Bumbum is on the run after a woman died hours after a procedure on her buttocks.
Dr. Denis Furtado, who is regularly on Brazilian TV and has 647,000 Instagram followers, has performed thousands of bottom enlargement operations. But he vanished when Lilian Calixto, 46, fell ill and died after receiving injections at his Rio de Janeiro home.
It is thought that the married mum-of-two wanted to have acrylic fillers injected to increase the size of her buttocks, and a hormone implant to treat symptoms of menopause. But soon after, she began gasping for air and Dr. Furtado took her to the Barra D’Or hospital.
Ms Calixto, a bank worker, was found to be in an “extremely severe condition, unresponsive to manoeuvres,” and died within hours.
A hospital source claimed that the surgeon accidentally injected the product into her artery, leading to a blood clot that ruptured her heart.
Dr. Furtado’s girlfriend and a nurse who assisted him in the procedure have been arrested, but officers have not been able to track him down.
Ms Calixto’s husband of 20 years, Osmar Jamberci, told Brazil’s Extra newspaper: “She went on Saturday night and was due to return that night, it was going to be a quick thing.
“She told the family that she was going to have an implant because of the menopause.
“At 8.30am on Sunday, this doctor called me telling me there had been a complication and that they needed someone (for the hospital) to release her body.
“It was the only time I spoke to him, and after that, he disappeared.”
The couple’s 13-year-old daughter was said to be the only person who knew she was preparing to have her buttocks lifted.
Police and Rio de Janeiro’s Regional Medical Council have opened separate investigations into the incident.