Brazilian Rapper Dies Following Botched Butt Job Performed By Gynaecologist
Fernanda Rodrigues, 43, also known as MC Atrevida, underwent the hydro liposuction and gluteus graft procedure on 16 July at a clinic in Rio de Janeiro.
But two days later, Rodrigues complained of severe back pain and painful inflammations. She was admitted to Evandro Freire Hospital, in Ilha do Governador, on 26 July and immediately transferred to intensive care.
She died the following day from sepsis, also known as blood poisoning, and kidney failure.
Doctors said a post-mortem revealed that undisclosed substances appeared to have been mixed in with the fat extracted from her back before it was injected into her bum. They added that they may have been able to save Rodrigues by draining the substance that was being rejected by her body if she had sought help sooner.
However, a friend of Rodrigues said they were unable to obtain follow-up support from the doctor.
Speaking to G1, she said: "I practically begged the clinic for the number of the doctor but they didn't want to give it to me. We believe this lack of support contributed to her death."
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Rodrigues' family said she paid 3,000 reais (£440/$580) for the procedure, with her last social media post a picture of her posing outside the clinic with the owner.
According to detectives, the doctor who carried out the surgery, Wilson Ernest Galarza, specialises in gynaecology, cardiology and orthopaedics - not plastic surgery.
If there is sufficient evidence he performed a surgical procedure outside of his professional training he will be charged with manslaughter. However, his lawyer Carlos Costa, claimed his client has undertaken 'courses in plastic surgery' and is qualified to perform the operation.
Galarza is expected to give testimony today (Monday).
Regional director of the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery, Bruno Herkenhoff, said people should seek qualified plastic surgeons for this type of procedure, which should only take place in a hospital or a reputable licensed cosmetic practice.
He said: "Interventions of this kind are considered safe and widely performed worldwide, provided that they are performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, and that all risk assessment tests are performed, including consultation with a cardiologist."
He added that the majority of cases of serious accidents and deaths due to cosmetic procedures in Rio de Janeiro are associated with unlicensed or home clinics and carried out by people who are not qualified.
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