Laura Avila, a real estate agent from Dallas, is unlikely to wake from a coma after traveling to Mexico for a nose job, her fiance says. Avila was placed under anesthesia at RinoCenter in Ciudad Juarez on October 30, reports ABC Dallas. Her fiance, Enrique Cruz, told the station that Avila is not likely to wake from her coma. The ABC report quotes Avila’s sister, Angie, as saying, “The price of course compared to those in the U.S. was less than a third.” The down payment for the surgery was $138, the total cost is not known at this point.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. It Was Only After the Nose Surgery Clinic Called a Doctor That Avila’s Family Was Told She Had Suffered a Heart Attack
Enrique Cruz told ABC Dallas that the anesthesia was administered by a clinic staffer. Cruz said that as the day wore on, Cruz said, “I was kind of getting upset and worried because they would not let me see her or anything.” Clinic staff told Cruz that Avila’s blood pressure had dropped and that they could not perform the nose surgery. Later, the clinic called a doctor, Cruz said, “That’s when they told us, “Oh, by the way she had a cardiac arrest.”
A friend of Avila’s, Liz Hernandez, told the Dallas Morning News, “They put the anesthesia in her spine, instead of intravenously.” Hernandez also said that Avila cannot be classified as “brain-D€ad” but that Avila “suffered severe brain damage; the degree of the injury is not known.”
2. Avila’s Mexican Treatment Records Are Being Held Hostage as Her Bills Have Not Been Paid
Facebook/Laura AvilaAvila pictured with her fiance in November 2016.
The Dallas Morning News reports that Avila was moved from the clinic to a local hospital, where she remained for four days. Her family sought to move Avila to a hospital in the U.S. but were denied as her bill had not been paid at the hospital. Angie Avila told WFAA, “The hospital basically held us hostage because we wouldn’t pay the full amount.”
Eventually, Avila’s family were able to move her to a hospital in El Paso, Texas. It was in the U.S. where doctors confirmed that Avila had suffered “severe brain damage so much so that she will never be our Laura again… They told us she would never be able to walk or eat for herself again or speak,” Angie Avila told WFAA. Angie Avila also said that the hospital in Mexico has refused to release her sister’s medical treatment records.
3. Her Family Wants to Move Her to Dallas But Have Been Refused From Local Hospitals Because Avila Does Not Have Insurance
ABC Dallas reports that Avila’s family is trying to get her moved to a hospital in the Dallas-area. Her fiance said, “Right now we are praying for a miracle. Really we want a second opinion.” Her family added that three major hospitals in Dallas have refused Avila because of her lack of insurance. A Dallas attorney, Larry Friedman, is looking into taking legal action on behalf of Avila and her family, reports WFAA. The Morning News report adds that Friedman is also seeking to retrieve Avila’s medical records in Mexico.
4. In Addition to Her Real Estate Career, Avila Is Also a Travel & Food Blogger
Avila writes on her Instagram bio that she is a blogger on Food, Dallas and traveling. Avila adds the quote, “Forever is composted of NOW,” on her profile. According to Avila’s LinkedIn page, she has worked for various realty companies in the Dallas-area since 2016. Avila previously worked in sales and marketing in the pharmaceutical industry. Avila is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso. Avila has been a volunteer for breast cancer awareness, the American Cancer Society and Latinitas, the latter being a group that helps Hispanic women find scholarships and mentorships.
5. A Go Fund Me Page for Avila Has Raised Over $70,000
Go Fund Me/Laura Avila
According to a Go Fund Me page that has been set up for Avila, over $70,000 of a $150,000 goal. The page was set up by Avila’s sister who writes, “My sister Laura Avila has endured a tragedy that has been very heavy on our family. I have known my sister to be a giver since I came to this planet. I watched my sister give support and love to my parents who tried giving us a life in Texas. Laura has given me a firm, unconditional love as a sister and a friend to accomplish dreams and travel the world. I watched her give herself so openly to people in her friendship, counseling, laughter, wit, business genius and work ethic.” She goes on, “Without Laura, I would not be where I am today. She is my sister, a second mom to me, my best friend, and my #1 fan. She has always taken care of me, supported me, encouraged me, and believed in me–something she does for all the people she loves.”