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Dallas woman goes to Mexico for plastic surgery, returning to the United States on life support

A Dallas Real Estate Broker is on life support with brain injuries after traveling to a clinic in Mexico last…

A Dallas Real Estate Broker is on life support with brain injuries after traveling to a clinic in Mexico last month for several plastic surgery procedures, including a nose and replacement of breast implants. Before Laura Avila’s procedures actually began, there were major complications.

CBS news correspondent Anna Werner spoke to a prosecutor in Mexico who is now handling an investigation of the Rino Center where Laura was treated. No formal fees have been submitted yet, but the clinic has become raid.

Enrique Cruz said he was at the Rino Center in Ciudad Juarez last month when his healthy fiancé Laura went for plastic surgery. Eight hours later, the doctor said that there was a problem.


Laura Avila fiance Enrique Cruz

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“The only thing they told me was that they had to take her to the hospital because there was no anesthesia and they did not know why,” Cruz said.

Laura Sister Angie Avila told a doctor at the Mexican hospital where her sister was transferred, telling them that the Rino Center put the anesthetic in the wrong place in Laura spine, her brain swelled, her kidneys failed and she went to heart break.

“I just said to myself:” This is not happening. It can not happen, “said Angie.” Because of brain injuries she suffered, she will never be our Laura again. “

Laura Fiance said he researched the clinic and found positive reviews online. Angie said they have a family in Mexico and growing up often crossed the border to visit from El Paso.

“It sounds crazy to say,” Oh, they went to another country “but we know it’s home. It is known, “Angie said.

A study from 2017 estimated that nearly 1.5 million Americans were expected to travel outside of the United States for healthcare. In Mexico procedures can cost anywhere between 40 and 65 percent less Laura family estimates that her procedures were somewhere around $ 8,500.

“People are looking for alternatives,” said Josef Woodman, MD for patients across borders. “Surveillance in countries such as Mexico is not up to the same standards as in USA. “

Text messages submitted by Laasa family claimed between her doctor at the Rino Center, Laura shows reservations about the procedures. On August 25, Dr. Judith Hernandez wrote:” You will get a mixture of sedation and blockage. “Laura replied Later, “I’m sorry but I do not understand what sedation and blockage are and I’m worried that I’m very nervous.” “

” It’s a cure, “Hernandez replied,” do not worry. “[19659015] “Never in my life did I imagine we would come to El Paso and they would tell us that she suffered a serious global brain injury,” Angie said.

Last week, Laura was transferred from the hospital in Mexico to El Paso, where she is present on life support. Her family said they want the Rino Center to be held accountable.

“As long as my heart beats, I will make sure they pay for what they did and this can” It happened to someone else, “Angie said.

Laura’s family must decide whether CBS News tried to call the Rino Center several times for comments, but as soon as we said we were from CBS News, we hung on.

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