Laura Avila, the Texas woman who spent nearly a month in a coma after her nose job was botched by a Mexican plastic surgery clinic, died Saturday, her family said. She was 36.
“My heart aches and I truly don’t know how or if I’ll ever overcome this pain,” sister Angie Avila wrote on Facebook. “(Laura is) the love of my life, and I know she will continue to watch over me and guide me just as she always has.”
The Dallas realtor had been in hospice care since last week as a result of complications from the Oct. 30 surgery at the Rino Clinic in Juarez, Mexico.
Avila went south of the border seeking a new nose at a cheaper price, but went into cardiac arrest after doctors at the clinic inserted anesthesia into the wrong place in her spine, Angie told CBS.
The error led to brain swelling and kidney failure, and after she went into cardiac arrest, she was placed in a medically induced coma from which she never woke up.
Avila spent more than a week at a hospital in Mexico before she was eventually moved back to Texas.
Her fiancé, Enrique Cruz, had accompanied her on the trip, and said that doctors at the clinic waited eight hours to tell him there was a problem.
In a Facebook post, Cruz remembered his “tiny dancer,” and said he would embark on a mission of justice in her honor.
“After paying all the hospital bills and giving some financial support to her humble family, I will tenaciously be pursuing the lawsuit against the criminals that killed her,” he wrote.
Larry Friedman, the family’s lawyer, previously said the Avila family planned to sue.
“She had the best of life in front of her until this tragic, unfortunate and senseless death,” Friedman told TMZ. “So that her death is not in vain, people should think of Laura before they look for cross-border discount surgery. They should do their homework and investigate the experience, training and track record of anyone BEFORE they sign up.”