A woman who suffered brain damage after getting plastic surgery in Mexico has died, her family said.
Laura Avila, 36, a real estate agent, traveled from Dallas, Texas to Juarez, Mexico in October for a rhinoplasty. According to her family, she was supposed to go in for surgery on the morning of October 30th, but the procedure was pushed back to noon because surgeons, who were flying in from Guadalajara, were late.
Her finance, Enrique Cruz, returned to the clinic around 4 p.m. but said he was not permitted to see her, even though he was told the surgery would only take four hours, he told KVIA-TV.
Cruz said that once he finally spoke to doctors, they said the director of a nearby hospital came in and saw Avila suffered complications from the anesthesia and called an ambulance.
Her sister, Angie, said doctors told her the anesthesia was injected into her spine but traveled to her brain, causing severe brain damage. She had also suffered a heart attack and oxygen deprivation.
Avila spent four days in the hospital before being transferred to the University Medical Center in El Paso.
Investigators from Chihuahua searched the clinic in search of evidence of medical negligence in Avila’s case.
“We cry every single day and I think, right now, we’re just shocked and don’t want to believe it’s true, you know,” Angie Avila said on Facebook. “She is the person I love the most on this earth, she’s a second mom to me.”
Avila’s sister said he had traveled across the border because of the discounted cost of the procedure, since she didn’t have health insurance.