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Friday, August 25, 2006

Liposuction death

FRAMINGHAM

A Brazilian doctor and his wife who are accused of manslaughter in the death of a 24-year-old woman during illegal liposuction surgery in Framingham pleaded not guilty Friday.

Luiz Carlos Ribeiro and Ana Maria Miranda Ribeiro were ordered held on $250,000 bail and $50,000 bail, respectively, the same amounts on which they were ordered held last month after their arraignment on unauthorized practice of medicine and drug charges.

The next court date was scheduled for Sept. 27.

An attorney for Luiz Ribeiro, Jeanne Early, said during the arraignment at Framingham District Court that her client was a doctor in Brazil and had come to Massachusetts to visit his two daughters, one of whom had just had a baby.

After the arraignment, Early said that, as a doctor who cares in general about patients, Ribeiro was upset by the July 30 death of Fabiola DePaula of Framingham. Early also said her client hasn't seen his wife since they were taken into custody.

"He is feeling terrible," she said.

Jacque Foster, a friend of DePaula, attended the arraignment so DePaula would be represented. She said DePaula's mother was too devastated to come to court.

"(The Ribeiros) have to pay for the crime they committed," she said. "My friend is gone."

-- AP

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