36-year-old woman is fighting for her life after going to Mexico for plastic surgery

Nov 17, 2018
02:51 A.M.

A real estate agent is on life support after suffering a complication during plastic surgery procedure in Mexico.


Laura Avila, of Dallas, Texas, traveled to Ciudad Juarez in Mexico for a plastic surgery at the Rino Center accompanied by her fiancé, Eric Cruz.

However, prior to the procedure, Avila suffered a cardiac arrest for four minutes and had to be placed into a medically-induced coma to prevent her brain from being further damaged.

Allegedly, right before the surgery procedure, the hospital staff had put the anesthesia in the wrong place in Laura’s spine which caused her brain to swell and her kidneys to fail. Eventually, she went into cardiac arrest.


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After she was brought out of the coma, she was placed on life support due to the brain damage she had suffered. She is currently placed at a hospital in El Paso, Texas.

According to a report from CBS, their news correspondent, Anna Werner, spoke to a prosecutor in Mexico, who is looking after the investigation into the Rino Center. She reported that formal charges against the medical center have not been filed but the clinic has been raided.


Avila’s sister, Angie Avila, took to Facebook to share some of the inside details of the case as well as clarifications regarding some of the information that was misinterpreted by the media.

She suggested that Rino Center failed to provide Avila’s medical records to the Mexican government, which had prompted the raid. The documents are currently under review.

The sister further lamented that Rino Center, which is responsible for her sister’s condition, is ‘still open for business.’


Angie also wrote in her post that her sister was not ‘brain dead’ as being reported by many news media but had suffered ‘global brain damage.’ She stressed that those two conditions were different.

She also complained about the fact that Parkland Medical Hospital in Dallas has denied Avila a second time ‘despite the fact that it is a public hospital and she is a Dallas resident who pays taxes."

The family wants Avila to be transferred to the hospital for a second opinion on her condition.


Meanwhile, Plastic Surgery informed that the number of people traveling aboard for plastic surgery is increasing in recent times.

However, the source suggested that such ‘plastic surgery tourism’ came with several risks that one should be aware of before proceeding.

Cosmetic surgeries are an increasing trend in current times. Many people choose to go through the procedure to change certain physical aspects about themselves. Still, there are many others, who are known for taking the cosmetic procedure to a shocking extreme.

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