Dallas Realtor Is In Hospice Care After Botched Nose Job In Mexico
Laura Avila, 36, is near death after her rhinoplasty procedure in Juarez went horribly wrong and she suffered severe brain damage.
Devastated family members now say “her fate is in the hands of God.”
Avila was on life support, but on doctors’ advice, relatives transferred her to palliative care on Friday, November 16.
The family has set up a GoFundMe page for Avila.
They have also hired attorney Larry Friedman, who plans to sue the Rino Center in Juarez, Mexico, where Avila’s surgery took place, and others responsible.
Avila headed to Juarez, with her fiance Enrique Cruz along for moral support, to save money on her nose job, which would cost about one third less than the $7,500 it would cost in America.
Doctors began the operation on October 30 by administering Avila anesthesia via her spine.
The anesthesia traveled to her brain, instead of downward throughout her body.
Avila soon went into cardiac arrest and hospital officials put her into a medically induced coma to prevent further brain damage. The rhinoplasty was never performed.
Cruz, who was in the waiting area, was allegedly lied to about what had happened.
He told WFAA, “I was really concerned… I got upset because they wouldn’t let me see her.”
He said doctors finally told him they couldn’t do the surgery because Avila’s blood pressure had dropped.
After four days in a Mexican clinic, Avila was transported to a university hospital in El Paso, Texas.
However, her family said officials at the Rino Center tried to stop them from leaving with Avila because they didn’t pay the bill.
“The hospital in Mexico basically held us hostage because we wouldn’t pay the full amount,” her sister sighed.
Texas hospital doctors confirmed that Avila was brain dead.
Her heartbroken fiancé Cruz wrote on social media, “I love you so much, I’m so lost without you.”
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