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CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The parents of a South Florida teen are demanding answers after their daughter went under the knife at a local cosmetic center and never woke up.
On Aug. 12, 18-year-old Linda Perez checked into a Coral Gables facility for a surgery so many women choose to have. She is now in a hospital bed, unconscious.
Her parents, Mariela Perez and Fernando Izquierdo, say they are devastated.
"I'm thinking there's no explanation. It seems fake. I can't believe it. A young girl so full of life, healthy, and now she's just thrown in bed, like a vegetable," her father said. "It's sad. It's sad."
Perez, who has a 3-year-old son, never woke up from the anesthesia and is now in a coma.
"She went to get her breast done. She entered the clinic, and she came out worse than ever," Izquierdo said. "They don't even have the decency to communicate with us, to tell us what actually happened. They're scared because we can get lawyers involved, and we are just waiting for our daughter to feel better. That's the most important thing right now, so that we can get to the bottom of what really happened to the girl."
Perez' parents say she researched the facility and they never thought something like this could have happened. The clinic where she underwent the procedure, the Coral Gables Cosmetic Center, denies any wrongdoing.
"Coral Gables Cosmetic Center prides itself on partnering with top medical professionals including board-certified plastic surgeons. CGCC is committed to upholding the highest standards of medical care and patient safety. For privacy reasons, CGCC cannot comment on any medical issues related to its patients," the clinic said in a statement.
For now, Perez isn't caring for her son, but lying unresponsive in a hospital. Her parents are left to wait and hope.
"They just ruined our daughter's life and this isn't even compared to the pain we are feeling. Right now, we are thinking of how many families have gone through this, what's happening to us and what could happen," Izquierdo said.
The family is hopeful Perez recovers and does not have any permanent damage to her brain or heart.
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