23-year-old Latina mom of 3 dies because she reportedly couldn't pay $1 million to be treated

Edduin Carvajal
Feb 18, 2019
04:00 P.M.

Doctors in the US allegedly let 23-year-old Petra Rayo, a Mexican woman, die because she was undocumented and didn't have $1M to be treated.


As her husband told Mundo Hispánico, Rayo, from Mexico, needed an urgent heart transplant because hers was in a critical condition. Unfortunately, the surgery never took place.

Rayo passed away on February 10, 2019, leaving behind her three young children and her husband, Juan Carlos Navarro. The man said that hospitals let his wife die because she was undocumented and didn’t have the money for the surgery.


Even though she had undergone pacemaker surgery a while before passing, she continued to have chest pain, and a had to go to TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.


Once there, the specialists told the family that her heart was only working at 20 percent of its capacity and that a transplant was mandatory, said Navarro, confirming that they refused to treat her.

"They told me to take her to Mexico and that they would not treat her because she was undocumented,” her husband said.

Navarro didn’t know what to do when he heard that, so he took Petra to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he expected different handling of her case, but he was wrong.



"[At the Vanderbilt University Medical Center], they told us that they could attend her, but only if she paid a million dollars because she was undocumented," Navarro said.

The 36-year-old man started looking for the money for his wife's operation by asking for the community’s help. Through GoFundMe, they raised more than $8,000. However, these donations did not help as Rayo died on February 10 around 10:00 pm.

Petra Rayo in the hospital | Source: YouTube/Mundo Hispánico

Petra Rayo in the hospital | Source: YouTube/Mundo Hispánico


Unfortunately, it is not the first time that a Latin American woman was a victim of discrimination and racial hatred. Last year, an incident of this kind was captured on camera in a restaurant in Virginia.

The lady was having dinner with her family in Lovettsville when another woman violently objected to their speaking Spanish.


The woman had taken family members who were visiting from Guatemala out to dinner, and the group was speaking Spanish among themselves when the assault began.

Speaking Spanish in the US is “disrespectful,” said the assaulter, who even asked for the passports of the entire family.

After a while, the restaurant staff escorted the violent woman out. She kept yelling racial slurs at the family on her way out.

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