Eleven people died in Costa Rica, from 2006 to 2015, from causes related to cosmetic surgeries. One case is still in court. On this October 12, a 27-year-old teacher, mother, and sister lost her life at a clinic not equipped to revive her.
Because of blockades in recent days, she decided to have the procedure at a place close to home that a friend had gone to. It was in an ordinary house in which they created a room for operations. The doctor is listed as a general surgeon in the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Costa Rica.
The woman’s sister dropped her and the friend off and went to get her car washed with plans to return in two hours. After an hour she had a bad feeling and returned to the clinic to find her sister convulsing.
The friend reported hearing the patient yell “Oh, it hurts!” She didn’t undergo the procedure because the complication happened at the very beginning. When the sister arrived she heard the friend saying “You can do it Arelys, you have to fight, you cannot die.” 9-1-1 hadn’t yet been called. Everyone was running. There was no anesthesiologist or specialist. There was not even oxygen. There was nothing with which to resuscitate or intubate her.
She was in pain and agony for two more hours until the ambulance finally arrived. By then, she had almost no signs of life. She was given oxygen and taken to the hospital but she died after attempts to revive her.
The OIJ will determine the cause of death.