A surgeon is thought to have disappeared after a model died on his operating table while undergoing liposuction .
Melanie Montenegro died from a massive heart attack while in the care of plastic surgeon Dr Felipe Leyton.The 22-year-old model had travelled to the city of Guayaquil, in the south-western Ecuadorian province of Guayas to have the proscedure.
The next day, according to police, she suffered a massive heart attack while undergoing surgery, and died, and the surgeon has now vanished.
According to Edwin Montenegro, her father, they were informed that his daughter was dead via a telephone call from the owner of the clinic.
He said that his medical team had not been informed that she was allergic to one of the medicines used during surgery.
The dad, who said he had not realised his daughter was going to undergo the surgery, claimed that she had been misled by TV adverts offering low-cost surgery.
The prosecutor investigating the case, Fredy Toala, has already ordered a search of the surgery and home where the medic was supposedly living, but said it was empty.
Melanie Montenegro was the mother of a three-year-old girl and was a minor celebrity by working in a soap opera broadcast on YouTube.