Dallas woman, 36, who suffered severe brain damage following botched nosejob in Mexico dies after month-long coma
Heartfelt messages are pouring in social media after Laura's death and her fiance is determined to sue "the criminals that killed her"
A Dallas real estate agent who suffered severe brain damage after she flew off to Mexico for a cut-rate nose job that went horribly wrong, has died.
Laura Avila, 36, was moved to a hospice last week after her family consulted doctors. Avila was put on life support after the rhinoplasty procedure went awry, but on the advice of medical experts, she was transferred to a palliative care last Friday.
"My angelic sister/second mom/best friend & Heartbeat left us today around 8:20AM," Laura's sister, Angie Avila, wrote on her Facebook page on Saturday. She shared a heartfelt message, "My heart aches, and I truly don’t know how or if I’ll ever overcome this pain. What I do know is that I am beyond lucky to have had the chance to be her sister for twenty five wonderful years. She’s the love of my life, and I know she will continue to watch over me and guide me just as she always has. I love you, Laura Avila. Thank you for being the best sister in the world."
Enrique Cruz, Laura's fiance, also posted a sad message for his late fiancee on Facebook on Saturday, vowing to sue "the criminals that killed her."
"[At] 8:20 this morning my tiny dancer passed to the other side," he wrote.
"I knew it was coming but it still hit me unexpectedly. I am not able to feel my emotions until she is at ease. When my pops passed away he was cremated [sic] and we had a service and spread most of his ashes in the ocean, he was a Navy man by heart. Laura Avila and I had the opportunity to talk about it and we both had agreed that when the time comes this is how we wanted to go," he wrote.
"It was a beautiful service out side, while the sun set, we all wore white to celebrate life, he was 92 when he passed. I digress: she wanted to be cremated and her ashes be spread in the oceans of Tulum where we fell in love AGAIN. Since we have been together, It has been a tradition for us to go to the beaches every year for our birthdays in January (mine on the 9th and hers on the 18th). I will continue this tradition on January 25th 2019, if my god allows it, i will spread her ashes," he added.
"So, instead of having our wedding in Tulum like we planned, we will be having a ceremony to celebrate her life, to celebrate all the light and love she has given to the world. It hasn't really hit me yet, I'm still dealing with the process of getting her body situated. I appreciate all the amazing support and texts and messages. I do apologize if i don't answer my phone. I am not ready yet. Thank you for the love and support," he concluded before adding; "My next mission is justice for Laura. 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."
Laura Avila's attorney, Larry Friedman, released a statement saying, "Laura was a beautiful woman, powerful and full of life. She had the best of life in front of her until this tragic, unfortunate and senseless death. 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. Always LOOK before you leap!" he warned.
The attorney plans to sue the Rino Center in Juarez, Mexico and those responsible.
The cost of Laura's procedure on October 30 was estimated to be less than a third of the average US cost which is $7,500, according to RealSelf.
Last week, Angie Avila created a GoFundMe page in hopes of receiving donations that would help offset significant medical costs. "Based on the recommendation of Laura's physicians, and after hours of agony and consideration, our family moved Laura to a more comfortable facility late last night," sister Angie Avila wrote on her GoFundMe page. "Laura is peacefully resting and her fate is in the hands of God."
While the crowdfunding page has raised approximately $80,000 of a $150,000 goal so far, Laura's relatives asked those wishing her well to give them space at this difficult time.