A celebrity butt doctor in Brazil known to his adoring fans as “Dr. Bumbum” turned tail and fled after one of his patients died, according to the BBC.
Denis Furtado, 45, disappeared this week after a judge signed a warrant for his arrest, days after 46-year-old Lilian Calixto, a patient of Furtado’s, died at a hospital in Rio de Janeiro, police told the BBC.
Calixto had fallen sick following a butt-enhancement procedure Furtado administered in his home, in which police believe the social-media celebrity injected Calixto with a solution containing an acrylic glass filler, the BBC reported.
Furtado brought Calixto, a mother of two, to the hospital on Saturday evening, and although she was conscious when she arrived, her condition deteriorated and doctors were unable to save her, officials told Agence France-Presse.
Police have arrested Furtado’s 19-year-old girlfriend, his mother, and a nurse who helped with the procedure, on suspicion of qualified homicide, the Independent reported.
The problem of unsafe body-enhancement surgery has proliferated in Brazil in recent years thanks to a “growing invasion of non-specialists,” Niveo Steffen, president of the Brazilian Plastic Surgery Society, told AFP.
"You cannot perform plastic surgery inside an apartment," he said, according to a report in AFP "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."
Furtado, who was given his nickname by his online fans, maintains an active social media presence, posting numerous photos of pre and post-surgery butts on his Facebook page, and signing off each post with a cheerful “Dr. Bumbum teaches!”