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Doctor Nabbed over Patient Deaths

February 15, 2002

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) _ Brazilian police have arrested a doctor accused of performing plastic surgeries that resulted in the deaths of five women over the past two years, officials said Friday.

Denisio Marcelo Caron, 38, was arrested late Thursday, the same day the fifth patient died of an infection in a Brasilia hospital.

The victim, Grasiela Murta Oliveira, 26, had been hospitalized since Jan. 16, shortly after undergoing a liposuction operation performed by Caron at a hospital in Taguatinga, 22 miles from Brasilia.

Earlier this month, another patient, Adcelia de Souza, died of internal bleeding shortly after a liposuction performed by Caron.

At the time, Caron’s license to practice medicine was suspended but he was not arrested.

On Thursday, prosecutors charged Caron with intentional homicide and asked that he be held without bail because they considered him a flight risk.

``He’s not a plastic surgeon,″ said prosecutor Diaulus Ribeiro, adding that although he is a medical doctor, Caron had forged a document that stated he had served a three-year residency in plastic surgery.

Ribeiro said he chose to charge Caron with intentional homicide because of his lack of credentials and because he was not licensed to work as a doctor in the federal district where the two most recent deaths occurred.

If convicted, Caron faces up to 30 years in prison.

Caron’s lawyers filed a motion Friday asking that he be released pending trial, calling the deaths a series of ``unfortunate coincidences.″

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