A family in mourning. Another young life lost and so many questions unanswered.
A 29-year old woman from the Gold Coast has died after undergoing cosmetic surgery in Mexico.
Evita Nicole Sarmonikas had travelled to the Mexican city of Mexicali with her boyfriend to undergo what her sister says was a minor procedure.
Her family are now undergoing a heartbreaking attempt to find out what took place in the Mexican hospital.
Eva, as she was known, died on March 20th from a cardiac arrest – the same day she was admitted for the surgery.
Her sister Andrea wrote on a Facebook page set up in her honour, “Evita was a beautiful, young, healthy woman and the surgery was a simple procedure with minimal risks. Australian medical advice has been that even in the case of cardiac arrest a healthy young body can often be brought back to life when surrounded by a fully equipped hospital and a competent medical team. “
Eva a former Gold Coast Hope student worked in the fashion industry. Her family say she did not have any travel insurance, nor any coverage for her medical procedure.
She signed a waiver at the Mexican cosmetic hospital meaning that the hospital is not liable for her death and can send her body back to Australia in the form of ashes.
While the death of the much-loved young woman remains a mystery, her family liaise with the Department of Foreign Affairs over implementing an independent body to undertake an autopsy.
But finding the answers they need won’t prove to be easy financially as they face costs of up to $20,000 for the autopsy, legal representation, investigation and to bring Eva’s body home.
Her sister, Andrea wrote on her Facebook page “Healthy young women do not return home in a casket after such a procedure.”