An Australian woman who travelled to Mexico for implants to her buttocks lost her life on the operating table of a surgeon who was once threatened with legal action by Kim Kardashian.
Evita Nicole Sarmonikas, 29, died after suffering cardiac arrest while being operated on by Dr. Victor Ramirez in Mexicali, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. The woman had gone to Mexico with her boyfriend for the procedure.
Her family has established a Gofundme account to cover the costs of bringing her body home.
“Evita was vibrant, loving individual who will be sadly missed and leaves a big hole in our family,” reads a statement on the account.
She died on Friday, March 20, 2015. An autopsy determined her heart stopped during the surgery.
Dr. Victor Ramirez in Mexicali, who was once threatened with a lawsuit by Kim Kardashian, was reportedly the surgeon who operated on an Australian woman who died on the operating table.
“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 to anybody,” her family said.
“However, the abundance of love that we all hold for her is propelling the action that needs to be taken before she is laid to rest, and she deserves that.”
Ramirez, the plastic surgeon, was involved in a 2012 legal dispute with Kardashian over a bikini photo of her that appeared on a billboard advertising his practice.
The reality TV star had threatened to sue, saying Ramirez used the photo without permission.