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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Right out of the Beverly Hillbillies

Now sit back and let me tell you about a man named Luis Carlos Ribeiro, and his dainty lil wife Ana Maria Miranda Ribeiro, visitors to our country from Brazil. Unlike most tourists, the Ribeiros didn't take the Duck Tour or visit the Freedom Trail. They didn't go to Lexington and Concord, or shopping in Newbury Street. Nope, they had another plan in mind upon arriving in Boston last month.

They set up, in a basement apartment in Framingham, an underground plastic surgery clinic. Unfortunatly for the Ribeiros, they also killed a client, a woman who went to their basement condominium specifically for liposuction. Instead of getting the fat sucked out of her thighs, she got her life sucked out of her body. The death of Fabiola DePaula, 24 years old, from Framingham raises not only health concerns for the Brazilian immigrant community who were undergoing the illicit plastic surgeries. It raises once again the troubling question of why a young women, amongst many of the phony doctor's patients, felt so uncomfortable with their bodies that they would walk down the basement steps of condo and submit their bodies to a stranger who was not a licensed doctor. How horrible must a person feel about themselves to pay their hard earned money, earned mostly by cleaning office buildings and other low paying jobs, to have someone posing as a doctor cut into their body with promises of better looks to come.

What frightens me is that the Ribeiros ran a cash-only business with no recordkeeping, so there may be many other patients they operated on who are sick and dying from infections or worse. Meanwhile, it was found that the Ribeiros had been traveling to and from Massachusetts from Brazil for the expressed purpose of performing plastic surgery here, charging from $1200 to $3000 per procedure.

Also, who the hell would GO to a basement condominium for plastic surgery in the first place? Isn't that kinda a warning sign, when the surgeon is performing your liposuction in the living room of a basement condo?
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Blogger Andrew said...

Warning sign? I GUESS it would be a warning sign! Right up there with the guy saying to his assistant: "Where did I put that knife thingy?"

"You mean the sharp one?"

"No, the one we sterilized a couple of days ago."

That is a SCARY story!

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1/8/06 5:50 PM  
Blogger Junebugg said...

BlogMad Hit!
I've read about several of this type of operation in Florida. Shameful, isn't it. I'm a long way from perfect and I could stand to have 50 lbs of fat removed in one way or another but dang, that's not the way to go

2/8/06 2:32 AM  
Blogger Emily Barton said...

To your point: I have a friend who lives in that conominium complex. She said to me, "You've seen what our basements look like. Would YOU go there for plastic surgery?"

3/8/06 4:30 PM  

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