Family of Australian woman who died in Mexico slams world’s obsession with perfection

By Maria Kyriacou

Family of Australian woman who died in Mexico slams world’s obsession with perfection
AMA Vice President warns against Australians seeking cheap overseas surgery after Gold Coast woman's death

Tomorrow morning when you look in the mirror, say to yourself, ‘I am enough, I am worthy, I am perfect just the way I am’.

Facebook statement by the family of Evita Sarmonikas

Evita Sarmonika’s grieving family has issued an emotional call urging women to resist the pressure to be perfect. The 29-year-old Australian was undergoing a plastic surgery procedure in Mexico when she suffered a fatal cardiac arrest.

The Sarmonikas’ family statement also spoke directly to the insecurities young women feel with the constant onslaught of unrealistic images.

This was not the way to go home, no woman should risk death to improve on perfection. As beautiful as Evita was inside and out, she still had certain inadequacies as almost every woman on Earth does. Her perfect and whole soul was not strong enough in light of a world that constantly bombarded her with an urgency to demand more from herself and her body. These near perfect graphic comparisons our young women are bombarded with … are too much for innocent hearts to battle, and the consequences can be fatal.

An outpouring of grief on social media followed the Gold Coast woman’s sudden death, with people praising her kind and bubbly personality.

The Australian Medical Association’s Vice President Dr. Stephen Parnis addressed said, “Our concern is a person will go overseas with the presumption things will be cheaper, but if a complication occurs the ability to manage that is reduced on the other side of the globe,” he told the media.”

Aside from the dangers of botched surgeries and even death, patients opting for overseas procedures are at risk of other high costs. Ms Sarmonika’s family is expecting a bill of up to $20,000 to bring her body home, as the deceased hadn’t taken out travel insurance.



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