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Thursday, August 3, 2006

Surgical shock

FRAMINGHAM

Fabiola B. DePaula went into a makeshift basement clinic in Framingham last Thursday expecting a consultation to learn more about rhinoplasty, or a nose job, her brother told the Globe yesterday.

But the man in jeans who claimed to be one of Brazil's top plastic surgeons told her she could walk out with a new nose.

Her family was shocked when they saw her with a bandaged face the next day, but DePaula was sufficiently pleased with the work to go back a few days later for the liposuction procedure and died on the operating table, her brother said.

Three people, two Brazilian nationals and a local woman who rented them the basement, are facing criminal charges in connection with DePaula's death.

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