Tijuana, Baja California — The FGE of Tijuana has started an investigation into the death of a Guatemalan woman. The woman, identified as Maria C, was the wife of the Guatemalan Consul for Denver, Colorado.
On July 4, Maria C traveled to Tijuana from Denver for cosmetic surgery. After a procedure, unknown complications are alleged to have caused her death. She was transferred from the cosmetic clinic to hospital where she reportedly died the following day.
On July 6, the Baja California Attorney General’s Office reported that it had been issued a search warrant for the private hospital where the surgery took place.
“As part of the investigation, a search was carried out in the facilities of the Jerusalem Hospital with the aim of integrating the medical history of the deceased into the investigation and thereby determining, together with the autopsy of law, the possible cause of death,” said the Prosecutor’s Office in a statement.
Baja California media outlets say the hospital had been operating for at least two months without a license “for not having the requirements” of the State Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (COEPRIS). Further allegations say the clinic had even been recently closed, however, they continued to accept patients.
Both the Consulate General of Guatemala in Denver and the Red Cross in Tijuana confirmed the death of Maria C in separate statements.