This week a Brazillian couple faced charges after 24 year-old DePaula, their liposuction patient, died. Both entered pleas of not guilty. The couple, Luiz Carlos Ribeiro, and his wife, Ana Maria Miranda, performed plastic surgery in their basement. Luiz claims he had a doctor's license in Brazil. They were living in the US while on a 30-day visa which was allegedly obtained specifically to perform plastic surgery.
DePaula was rushed to the hospital after she stopped breathing during the procedure. Doctors were told glucose, lidocaine and other substances had been injected into DePaula previous to the liposuction. When doctors went to the Ribeiro's home the home appeared clean. Only when checking for blood protein did investigators find a large amount of protein on the floor. Surgical equipment was found in a nearby dumpster and a massage tabel in the condominium complex, believed to have been used the surgeries.
The couple faces drug charges and practicing medicine without a license. They have not been charged with DePaula's murder -yet. Other charges may follow pending the medical examiner's report.
I think the saddest part of this story isn't the Ribiero's practicing medicine without a license. It seems to me there is a problem if people are willing to risk their lives to undergo surgery in someone's condominium. Obviously they are not certified doctors and to risk your life in order to strive towards perfection is problematic. The number of people, especially women, havign plastic surgery and botox to hide their age and keep their youthful appearance is astounding. The level of desperation to look young is obviously so strong that some women can't resist, no matter what the threat.