A Los Angeles woman who traveled to Mexico for a cosmetic procedure died following complications, and the family is demanding answers.
Irma Sanz, 51, went to Tijuana last month for liposuction.
Her nephew, David Reynoso, said in a GoFundMe campaign that the family was unaware of Sanz’s surgery until they received a phone call that something went wrong and Sanz was in a coma. The family was told they needed to fly down to Tijuana to be by her side.
“It was very hard especially because you didn’t recognize her because her face was very swollen and the only way to tell it was her was by the feet,” her sister Carmen Quintana told CBS Los Angeles.
According to Reynoso, the family was told by doctors in Tijuana that Sanz would be fine. When her condition didn’t improve, the family brought her to a hospital in San Diego.
She died earlier this week, Reynoso said.
“You see a lot of people getting their bodies redone. Mommy makeovers, what have you,” Sanz’s niece Nora told CBS. “And people that don’t have the financial backing are looking for a way of getting it done at a cheaper cost and I think that’s what my aunt did.”
The family said Sanz spent a lot of her time caring for her 99-year-old mother and her rescue dogs. The surgery was something Sanz wanted to do for herself.
“It’s sad. The one time she did something for herself she paid a high price,” Nora said.
The family told CBS they are trying to figure out what went wrong during Sanz’s procedure, but the clinic in Tijuana isn’t providing any answers.