Laura Avila, a woman who went into a coma after plastic surgery complications in Cd. Juarez, has died according to her sister’s Facebook post.
“My angelic sister/second mom/best friend & Heartbeat left us today around 8:20AM,” wrote Angie Avila, Laura’s sister, on Facebook Saturday.
Avila, who lived in Dallas, had traveled to the Rhino Center clinic in Juarez for a rhinoplasty and fell into a coma after anesthetic complications before the surgery, according to her family.
Laura Avila, 36, booked the procedure for 7 a.m. at a plastic surgery facility on October 30, according to her sister Angie Avila. Angie said that at about 8 a.m., Laura was told some of the surgeons flying in from Guadalajara were running late and the surgery was pushed until Noon.
Enrique Cruz, Laura’s fiance, said he was told the procedure would take four hours, but when he returned around 4 p.m., he said he wasn’t able to see Laura. Cruz told ABC-7 that at about 9 p.m., the director of the medical facility told him Laura needed to be transferred to another hospital.
Angie told ABC-7 the doctors in Mexico told her Laura had anethetic injected into her spine, but instead of flowing through her body, the anesthetic went to her brain. Angie told ABC-7 the complications resulted in Laura suffering severe complications and suffering severe global brain damage.
ABC-7 reported that a Chihuahua state investigator confirmed that investigators searched Rinocenter, the facility where Laura sought the plastic surgery. Investigators looking into possible medical negligence seized medical records related to the case and said they expect to make a determination about what happened “in a few days.”