Dallas Realtor Laura Avila passed away after being placed in hospice care.
We have held off on posting this tragic, tragic story for weeks with hope that the outcome would be much different.
But JP & Associates agent Laura Avila died Saturday, November 24 in El Paso, where she was on life support following a plastic surgery procedure in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico that left her brain dead.
Laura went into a coma after anesthesia complications in Cd. Juarez. She died around 8:20 a.m. Saturday morning, according to her sister’s Facebook post. She was only 36.
By now most people know that Avila, who lived and worked in the JPAR Uptown office, traveled to the Rinocenter clinic in Juarez for a rhinoplasty and redo of a breast augmentation, but fell into a coma after anesthetic complications before the surgery even started. Avila was a resident of El Paso, and going over the border for medical procedures is not uncommon for many El Paso residents who have relatives in Mexico. And cosmetic surgery procedures in Mexico are tempting — cheaper than those in the U.S. Avila’s family has said that the cost for Laura’s surgical procedures was about $8500, less than one-third the price of what she found for the same procedures in the U.S.
Her procedures were booked for 7 a.m. on October 30, but later pushed to noon, according to her sister, because some of the surgeons flying in from Guadalajara were running late.
Laura’s fiance, Enrique Cruz, was with her and was told the procedure would take four hours. When he returned for her around 4 p.m., he said he wasn’t able to see Laura and was told, finally, at 9:00 p.m. that Laura needed to be transferred to another hospital.
Angie Avila told ABC-7 in El Paso the doctors in Mexico said they may had erred in her spinal anesthetic injection: instead of flowing through her body, the anesthetic went straight to her brain. The complications resulted in Laura suffering severe global brain damage. Her brain swelled and she suffered cardiac arrest for several minutes, according to her family. Her family tried to move her to Parkland Hospital, but Parkland wouldn’t take her. The hospital where she had been transferred in Juarez refused to sign transfer papers until the family paid the bill. Finally she was moved to a hospital in El Paso where everyone had hope she would emerge from the surgery-induced coma. But late Friday, doctors recommended Laura be moved to hospice care, where she passed the next morning. (more…)