Laura Avila went to Mexico for cosmetic surgery. Now, her family has to decide whether to take her off life-support.
As WFAA News reports, the real estate agent, singer, and dancer from Dallas, Texas decided to get plastic surgery in Mexico to save money. On October 30, Laura and her fiancé, Enrique Cruz, traveled to Juarez so that Laura could get a nose job.
Laura’s sister, Angie Avila, told WFAA that cosmetic surgery in Mexico is significantly cheaper than in the U.S.:
“The price of course compared to those in U.S. was less than a third.”
According to KVIA, Laura’s procedure was scheduled for 7 a.m. but was pushed to noon because the surgeons hadn’t arrived from Guadalajara. Cruz said that the surgery would only take about four hours, and returned at 4 p.m., but wasn’t allowed to see Laura. As the hours ticked by, he became increasingly disturbed. Cruz told WFAA:
“I was kind of getting upset and worried because they would not let me see her or anything.”
It wasn’t until 9 p.m. that Cruz was informed that Laura had to be moved from the clinic to a nearby hospital. He told WFAA, “That’s when they told us, ‘Oh, by the way, she had a cardiac arrest.'”
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During the procedure, there had been a complication with Laura’s anesthesia. Angie told WFAA:
“They injected anesthesia in her spine at the clinic and instead of flowing down her body, it went into her brain which caused severe swelling.”
Laura spent the next four days in a Mexican hospital as her family worked to get her moved back to the United States. The hospital was unwilling to release Laura unless the family paid the full bill, which they refused to do. Angie told WFAA that, “The hospital basically held us hostage because we wouldn’t pay the full amount.”
Eventually, the family was able to get Laura taken via ambulance to a hospital in El Paso, Texas. However, the hospital in Juarez refused to release Laura’s medical records.
Once in El Paso, the family received the bad news about Laura’s condition. Laura had suffered global brain damage and, “would never be our Laura again.” Angie told KVIA:
“She’s been in a bed. She hasn’t moved. She’s opened her eyes, and there have been small movements, but she has a glazed look in her eyes. Doctors don’t believe she can see us. You know, she’s physically here, but not mentally here.”
Informed that Laura would never be able to speak, walk, or feed herself again, the family was given the choice to take Laura off life support. Angie told KVIA they have been torn apart by the need to decide whether to remove life support or transfer Laura to a facility closer to home:
“As a family we need to decide whether we want to remove her from life-support. 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. She is the person I love the most on this earth, she’s a second mom to me.”
For now, they are still hoping that Laura pulls through. Cruz told WFAA that they’re not ready to give up on her: “Right now we are praying for a miracle. Really we want a second opinion.”
Investigators in Mexico are looking into the possibility of medical negligence and have seized records related to Laura’s case from the plastic surgery facility.
The family has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for medical bills and the legal case in Mexico. However, they also ask that people pray for Laura’s recovery. Angie wrote:
“Laura exudes love, life, laughter, joy, selflessness, enlightenment, passion, friendship, loyalty, forgiveness, wisdom, and so much more. […]. She is my Heartbeat. Without Laura, I would not be where I am today. She is my sister, a second mom to me, my best friend, and my #1 fan.”