A Dallas woman who was on life support after receiving a cheap nose job in a Mexico hospital in October died on Saturday, her family said.
Laura Avila, originally from El Paso but now living in Dallas, went to “Rhinocenter” surgery center in Cuidad Juarez on Oct. 30 to have work done on her nose, according to the family’s GoFundMe.
She never woke up.
“Without knowledge to her fiancé, Laura suffered a cardiac arrest for four minutes,” the GoFundMe said. “She was then placed into a medically induced coma to prevent further damage to her brain that was caused by the complications she experienced during anesthesia.”
On Saturday, her sister, Angie Avila, said her sister died at 8:30 Saturday morning after being in a coma for nearly a month.
“My heart aches, and I truly don’t know how or if I’ll ever overcome this pain,” Angie Avila wrote in a Facebook post.
After receiving the botched surgery in October, Laura Avila spent six days in an Intensive Care Unit in Mexico before being transferred to a hospital in El Paso. She was having seizures due to brain damage.
Only after Avila’s family paid the hospital bill in full in Mexico did her doctors grant her transfer to a hospital in El Paso, her family said on GoFundMe. They hired lawyers in Juarez to get Laura’s full medical records.
The family’s fundraiser for Avila had raised about $80,000 of its $150,000 goal as of Saturday afternoon. The family said $25,000 in medical costs was incurred in Juarez and the entire family has missed work for weeks to be with Avila.