Doctor charged with manslaughter over botched liposuction
A doctor who performed a botched liposuction operation that resulted in the death of Brazilian influencer has been formally charged with manslaughter.
Liliane dos Santos Amorim, 26, died on 24th January from complications from the procedure in the Brazilian municipality of Juazeiro do Norte.
The chief investigator has said there was a "lack of care and caution" on Benjamim Alencar's part, a charge the doctor "vehemently denies".
Following the operationn on January 9, the 26-year-old Instagram model was admitted to intensive care on January 15 with discomfort, difficulty eating and abdominal pain.
Chief investigator Luiz Eduardo da Costa said the victim had been suffering these symptoms since the day of the procedure and that Alencar was wrong to discharge her "prematurely".
According to Costa, Amorim was in such pain following the procedure that she was wheeled out of hospital in a wheelchair.
He also revealed that Alencar had travelled out of Juazeiro do Norte in the wake of the procedure, meaning he was unable to attend to his patient, who was complaining of numerous symptoms.
Despite performing surgery on the young woman, doctors were unable to save her after her admission to intensive care.
She died after suffering a bilateral pleural effusion (water in the lungs), and doctors identified several intra-abdominal perforations, possibly as a result of the botched liposuction.
Amorim was a mother and left behind a six-year-old son. Her Instagram page has 266,000 followers.
Alencar was formally charged this week and awaits a decision on a trial date.
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