Laura Loves Out Loud

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Raised by 832 people in 2 months
Created November 6, 2018
Dear Family and Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that I request your prayers and assistance in this great time of need. My sister Laura Avila has endured a tragedy that has been very heavy on our family. I have known my sister to be a giver since I came to this planet. I watched my sister give support and love to my parents who tried giving us a life in Texas. Laura has given me a firm, unconditional love as a sister and a friend to accomplish dreams and travel the world. I watched her give herself so openly to people in her friendship, counseling, laughter, wit, business genius and work ethic.

On October 30th, Laura was obtaining a medical procedure at a clinic in Ciudad. Juarez, Mexico.  Without knowledge to her fiancé, Laura suffered a cardiac arrest for four minutes. She was then placed into a medically induced coma to prevent further damage to her brain that was caused by the complications she experienced during anesthesia. Physicians recently began to slowly remove medications to take her out of the coma. However due to brain lesions, it is too soon to know the state she will be in from the damage she has sustained until she awakens. Laura is still in critical condition. She is currently experiencing seizures as an indication of brain injury. She had been in an Intensive Care Unit in Mexico for six days before we were allowed to get her back to the U.S. In the event that she wakes up, it is likely she will need to begin physical therapy and rehabilitation for an unforeseen period of time. 

We have hired attorneys in Juarez, Mexico, who are assisting us in our quest for her medical records so she can be better assisted. We fear her records will be altered, so aside from worrying about her well -being, we are simultaneously trying to move quickly on the legal end. 

Any assistance you provide will go to her medical bills, which have quickly accrued in the last six days. Approximately $25,000 was incurred in Juarez plus transferring costs which are yet to be determined. In El Paso, the costs began accumulating from the minute EMS picked her up at the border. She does not have medical insurance, so everything will come out of pocket. Any remaining funds will go to our parents who have missed work to be with Laura; her fiancé Cruz who is also missing days at work and buying plane tickets to fly back and forth between El Paso and Dallas, TX, where he resides; and myself, a current law student at SMU, for flight expenses from traveling between Dallas and El Paso to go to school and also be with Laura and ensure her legal case proceeds in Mexico. 

For those who cannot financially assist us, I implore you to please pray for her speedy recovery. If you know or have met Laura, you know she gives us all life. Laura exudes love, life, laughter, joy, selflessness, enlightenment, passion, friendship, loyalty, forgiveness, wisdom, and so much more. There is truly nothing that woman cannot execute with perfection--she's the best cook I know, she's a fantastic dancer, a powerhouse singer, and she gives everyone a reason to smile. She is my Heartbeat. Without Laura, I would not be where I am today. She is my sister, a second mom to me, my best friend, and my #1 fan. She has always taken care of me, supported me, encouraged me, and believed in me--something she does for all the people she loves. Cruz has been everything she fell in love with him for, and more so during this completely surreal ordeal. I have leaned on him in a way I know she would smile so big watching. In return, all I ask is that you keep her in your prayers and assist us in any way you can. Our strong girl needs us.

With Love and Gratitude,


Angie, Cruz, Monica A., and Francisco A.

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Update 2
Posted by Angie Avila
2 months ago
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Dear Family & Friends,

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. Laura is peacefully resting and her fate is in the hands of God. Visitation is limited to immediate family and very close friends. We appreciate your understanding and respect towards our wishes. Thank you for keeping Laura in your prayers and for all of your continued love & support.

Love,
Monica, Francisco, Cruz, and Angie

Estimados Familiares y Amigos,

Basado en la recomendación de los médicos de Laura, y después de horas de agonía y consideración, nuestra familia anoche mudó a Laura a un lugar más cómodo. Laura ahora esta muy tranquila y su destino está en las manos de Dios. La visita se limita a la familia inmediata y amigos muy cercanos. Apreciamos su comprensión y respeto hacia nuestros deseos. Gracias por mantener a Laura en sus oraciones y por todo el amor y apoyo que nos han dado. Sigamos orando.

Con Amor,
Monica, Francisco, Cruz, y Angie
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Update 1
Posted by Angie Avila
2 months ago
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Hello everyone,

Foremost, thank you for your prayers, donations, and sweet messages. It’s been incredible to see how much love and support we’ve received from so many people—even some of our friends from high school who we haven’t seen in years have reached out.

The hospital in El Paso has done everything they can to help Laura. They have given us two options: to let her go in peace or have her physically here. If she were to improve, it is possible she could only regain minimal functioning skills. As a family, we decided it is too soon to make such an impossible decision. We have been working relentlessly to transfer her to a hospital in Dallas to get a second opinion. Unfortunately, she has been denied by Baylor and Southwestern. We are currently working on transferring her to Parkland in Dallas or Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Since today is the 13th day Laura has been intubated—and doctors don’t recommend leaving her this way for more than two weeks— time is of the essence. We’ve refrained from answering all calls and texts messages asking for updates, not because we don’t want to, but because we’re investing every second of the day fighting for her. I know Laura is so loved and has touched many lives, so again, I thank you for checking to see how she’s doing. I promise we are doing what we can to ensure we’ve exhausted all her options, make sure her legal case proceeds, and to keep all her loved ones informed.

With Love & Gratitude,
Angie, Cruz, Monica and Francisco A.
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