After 4 Days on the Run, 'Dr. Bumbum' Is Arrested

Denis Furtado's patient died after receiving butt injections
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2018 8:42 AM CDT
Dr. Denis Cesar Barros Furtado, right, and his mother Maria de Fatima Barros, on Thursday.   (AP Photo/Military Police Press Office)
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(Newser) – He's known as Dr. Bumbum, but that's likely all you'll find funny in relation to the celebrity plastic surgeon. The Brazilian, whose real name is Denis Furtado, was arrested on murder charges Thursday, four days after the death of a patient. He had been giving butt-enhancement injections to a 46-year-old mother of two, who'd traveled 1,250 miles to his Rio de Janeiro apartment, when she became sick on Saturday. Investigators say Furtado took Lilian Calixto to a hospital, where she suffered four heart attacks and died early Sunday, per the AFP and BBC. By that time, Furtado had disappeared with his mother, Maria Fátima Barros, an accused accomplice and fellow doctor, though one with a suspended license, reports the Guardian. The pair allegedly drove through a parking lot barrier to escape police on one occasion; both were arrested in Rio on Thursday.

Furtado's girlfriend and receptionist, Renata Fernandes, is also in custody while police search for a nursing technician. Meanwhile, 45-year-old Furtado, who spoke about butt-enhancing treatments using acrylic glass filler, is calling Calixto's death a "fatal accident," stressing he's performed 9,000 such procedures in the past. But though medical officials says Furtado is licensed to practice medicine in Brasília and Goiás, but not in Rio, the Brazilian Plastic Surgery Society asserts he's not a trained plastic surgeon. "The growing invasion of non-specialists in the specialty has provoked more and more fatalities like this one," it says. Per AFP, the society's president adds non-specialists are selling a fantasy to patients who "are often attracted to low prices, without considering whether or not the conditions are adequate." (This US case is similar.)

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