Justice for Evita

$31,295 of $50k goal

Raised by 290 people in 16 months
Andrea Evolving   Southport, AU
On Friday the 20th March our beloved Evita Sarmonikas passed away in hospital in Mexicali, Mexico. She was only 29 and in the prime of her life. She has left behind her sister and her mother who are desperate to go to Mexico to bring her home to Australia. 

Evita was a vibrant, loving individual who will be sadly missed and leaves a big hole in our family.

We are seeking financial donations that we need for our long journey ahead. Every little bit will help. 

The funds will be used for travel expenses, accomodation in Mexico and any professional and legal advice that we may need in order to bring Evita home. 

Evita as we knew her on earth would be devastated at the amount of attention she is receiving at the moment, as she was extremely private and worked very hard to never be a burden on anybody. But the way she passed away deserves to known,  people need to know and Evita deserves justice. 
Latest media release below:

Evita

Published: 23 July 2015

Sisters Andrea and Evita Sarmonikas

Sister fights on after Mexican cosmetic surgery tragedy

Queensland woman Andrea Sarmonikas is fighting an epic legal battle following the death of her younger sister. And she’s fighting it in the Mexican border town of Mexicali.

“I want to receive justice," Andrea says. "I’m not moving from here until we get to the end of this. No way, no way am I leaving.”

29-year-old Evita Sarmonikas died in March after trouble during a cosmetic surgery procedure to enlarge her buttocks.

The initial autopsy by Mexican authorities claimed that Evita died of natural causes during the operation. 

“We were initially told that Evita passed away from a heart attack,” Andrea recalls. “Then the second answer was that she had a pulmonary embolism.”

But Andrea wasn’t convinced.

“Eva was a healthy young woman,” she says, “so I just had an intuition something wasn’t right.”

The family ordered their own private autopsy, which revealed that, far from dying of natural complications, Evita was stabbed five times in the lung area during the surgery.

The procedure, known as a Brazilian Butt Lift, involves injecting fat into the buttocks which has been removed from elsewhere in the body using a thin metal tube called a cannula.

“That cannula is no different from a knife,” explains Australian surgeon Dr Ashley Granot. “If you put it in the wrong place, if you push it in the wrong direction, you will have the potential of killing the patient.”

Alleging malpractice and suspecting a cover-up, Andrea has put her life on hold and moved to Mexico, where her case against plastic surgeon Dr Victor Ramírez is making headlines.

The case hinges on the distinction between ‘plastic’ and ‘cosmetic’ surgeons in Mexico, and their training and accreditation in a country where medical tourism is a boom industry.

“Just because he’s a plastic surgeon does not make him inherently capable of conducting cosmetic surgeries,” Andrea says.

“I can confidently say that this doctor did not have the training for the cosmetic procedure that he conducted on my sister. I am not afraid to say that anymore.”

Dr Ramírez is also believed to be involved in the deaths of other young women, and has been stripped of some of his accreditation. But Andrea is determined to ensure he’s barred from conducting surgery altogether.

“If he’s guilty, and anyone else who participated is guilty, they’re all out there free and practicing, and that means women’s lives are at risk.”

And she’s vowed not to leave Mexico until the way Eva died is officially recognised, and the industry begins to reform.

“If she had had access to the information that we now know, my sister would not have chosen this doctor, and she would be alive now,” she adds.

“It’s just such a tragedy… What a tragic way to go, and so preventable.”

If you’d like more information or to contribute to Andrea’s campaign, please visitevitaa.com or Evita’s memorial Facebook page

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Update 1
12 months ago
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Thank you everyone for all the funds raised thus far!!
I have to say we where overwhelmed by the amount of support and love we received from friends and strangers!!!

Up until now we have managed to:

Fly mum and Andrea to Mexico and back home together with Evita in her beautiful Mexican coffin.

We held a beautiful and memorable farewell service where we finally laid her to rest after her long journey in the same cementary her late father, Andy Sarmonikas, lay.

We flew Andrea to Sydney to collect Evita's documents and private things from Evita's home previous home.

We managed to fly her Andrea back to Mexico to continue with the legal case.

A second and private autopsy was achieved after many told the family that would be impossible.

Legal representation accessed.

Andrea flew to the capital, Mexico DF, to personally update the Australian Embassy on the case.

We managed to launch an awareness campaign around the unregulated nature of the cosmetic industry.

Accommodation, food and transport provided for a total of almost four months in Mexico.

In addition, the family have received many blessings; so many of the costs of things and services have been reduced due to other type of donations, gifted services and attentions to the family without any money asked.

We can not demonstrate the amount of gratitude we feel and we acknowledge that a simple thank you could never be enough. But we still humbly thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Finally, the case continues and is moving slow due to the nature of this industry and the limitations we can't yet discuss.
So the family dedicates much of their own I've attention to using the media attention they receive to raise awareness and place pressure on Mexican authorities to move faster and do the right thing.

We do however have full confidence in the Mexican authorities to bring justice and prevent this from occurring again. This is was the chief of department in Mexicali has also confirmed.

Andrea is in Mexico full time and her mother will need to fly over once the case hits the courts.

Please continue to help us support the Sarmonikas girls so things move in their favour with out any more difficulties or limitations than what they are already experiencing.

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Vee Moore
12 months ago
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Thank you for the update, glad to see everyone's donations have assisted you so much and have alleviated some of the many costs that you have had to face. Wishing you the very best as you continue the quest for truth and justice.

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M Guerrero-Velasco
15 months ago
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Hi my name is Maira Guerrero I'm very sorry for your loss I live 30 min from Mexicali anything you guys need I am more than happy to help out with transportation guide you guys and with and legal action information you may contact me Maira.1616@hotmail.com I can tell a bit more of my self so

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Muriel Cozzolino
16 months ago
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258 people have raised a good amount of money but we have not reached the 30K yet , we cannot slow down now. It is so good to see there are so many nice people in the world and Eva had so many friends who love her and are now supporting Andrea and Maria.

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Ruth Lizana
16 months ago
1
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It has been absolutely wonderful to watch these donations come in to help bring our precious Evita home. In 3 days over $26,000 has been raised, I have found that amazing. Still needed to reach the intended goal is about $3,350. No matter how small or large, every gift will help. Our hearts are broken at the loss of beautiful Evita, daughter, sister and beloved friend. May God bless every gift and every giver. My prayer is that somehow the tremendous outpouring of love and support will lessen the pain and grief for Maria and Andrea.

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Louise Morgan
16 months ago
1
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My prayers are with you my dear friend Maria. My heart is broken for you, Andrea and the rest of the family, I can't imagine the heartache you are all going through. May The Lord's peace surround you and bring you some comfort knowing your beautiful girl Evita is at peace with The Lord resting in his arms. God bless you Maria and Andrea and keep you safe on your travels until you return home with your Angel. xxx

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Wendy Coe
16 months ago
1
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The family is now in Mexico going through the very sad process of bringing Evita home. I know they would want to thank each and every one of you for your donations. The donations have come from family, friends, friends of friends, work colleagues past and present, strangers, Gold Coast, Australia, Mexico and the rest of the world. The messages of support and prayers will give Maria and Andrea the strength to get through this terrible ordeal. Thank you.

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Margaret McRae
16 months ago
1
1

So glad to see thefund growing and the love and comforting words being poured out from peoples hearts. I pray Maria and Andrea will be on their way very soon, to bring their beloved Eva home.

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$31,295 of $50k goal

Raised by 290 people in 16 months
Created March 24, 2015
$100
Anonymous
2 months ago
$50
Christie Scuotto
9 months ago
2
2

Let's not forget this campaign is ongoing. Please continue supporting Evita's family for the all important reforms and justice needed in Mexico and globally. The fight continues. Thinking of you Andrea and Maria. Always in our hearts. RIP beautiful Evita xo

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CS
$100
Christie Scuotto
11 months ago
2
2

Thinking of you Evita RIP beautiful girl. Andrea we are always with you, sending love you you and Maria. Just a little extra to help along the way for the road still ahead. xo

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$100
Anonymous
15 months ago
1
1
KB
$30
Kaya Beinke
15 months ago
1
1

Best wishes and condolences to your family xx

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RS
$40
Rebecca segade
16 months ago
1
1

Deepest condolences to family and friends. Anyone who knew evita even for one day would have felt the loss of such a beautiful soul. God bless

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SU
$200
Sam Urbbana
16 months ago
1
1

Young, smart, beautiful, respectful, professional with the biggest smile are some of the words to describe you Eva.... The whole team at Urbbana will miss you dearly and will always remember you... God bless your soul RIP

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PP
$20
Paula Di Pietro
16 months ago
1
1
CK
$400
Calvin Klein
16 months ago
1
1

Dearest Maria and Andrea, Here is a donation from Eva's friends from her job at Calvin Klein. We are truly devastated at what has happened to our beautiful girl. Her presence would always lighten up our day. Here is our contribution to Eva. We have a special angel looking over us. May she rest peacefully. xxxx

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$50
Anonymous
16 months ago
1
1
Vee Moore
12 months ago
1
1

Thank you for the update, glad to see everyone's donations have assisted you so much and have alleviated some of the many costs that you have had to face. Wishing you the very best as you continue the quest for truth and justice.

+ Read More
M Guerrero-Velasco
15 months ago
1
1

Hi my name is Maira Guerrero I'm very sorry for your loss I live 30 min from Mexicali anything you guys need I am more than happy to help out with transportation guide you guys and with and legal action information you may contact me Maira.1616@hotmail.com I can tell a bit more of my self so

+ Read More
Muriel Cozzolino
16 months ago
1
1

258 people have raised a good amount of money but we have not reached the 30K yet , we cannot slow down now. It is so good to see there are so many nice people in the world and Eva had so many friends who love her and are now supporting Andrea and Maria.

+ Read More
Ruth Lizana
16 months ago
1
1

It has been absolutely wonderful to watch these donations come in to help bring our precious Evita home. In 3 days over $26,000 has been raised, I have found that amazing. Still needed to reach the intended goal is about $3,350. No matter how small or large, every gift will help. Our hearts are broken at the loss of beautiful Evita, daughter, sister and beloved friend. May God bless every gift and every giver. My prayer is that somehow the tremendous outpouring of love and support will lessen the pain and grief for Maria and Andrea.

+ Read More
Louise Morgan
16 months ago
1
1

My prayers are with you my dear friend Maria. My heart is broken for you, Andrea and the rest of the family, I can't imagine the heartache you are all going through. May The Lord's peace surround you and bring you some comfort knowing your beautiful girl Evita is at peace with The Lord resting in his arms. God bless you Maria and Andrea and keep you safe on your travels until you return home with your Angel. xxx

+ Read More
Wendy Coe
16 months ago
1
1

The family is now in Mexico going through the very sad process of bringing Evita home. I know they would want to thank each and every one of you for your donations. The donations have come from family, friends, friends of friends, work colleagues past and present, strangers, Gold Coast, Australia, Mexico and the rest of the world. The messages of support and prayers will give Maria and Andrea the strength to get through this terrible ordeal. Thank you.

+ Read More
Margaret McRae
16 months ago
1
1

So glad to see thefund growing and the love and comforting words being poured out from peoples hearts. I pray Maria and Andrea will be on their way very soon, to bring their beloved Eva home.

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