UGA student diagnosed with brain tumor dies following trip to Mexico

Liza Burke suffered medical emergency in Mexico
Liza Burke suffered medical emergency in Mexico(Atlanta News First)
Published: Apr. 26, 2023 at 10:54 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 26, 2023 at 11:06 AM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - A University of Georgia student who was diagnosed with a brain tumor after a recent trip to Mexico has died, according to a GoFundMe created on behalf of the family.

It was supposed to be one last spring break with friends. On her final day in Cabo San Lucas, Liza Burke, a senior at UGA, wasn’t feeling well. She woke up that morning with what felt like a migraine and then hours later, her friends couldn’t wake her up from a nap.

Burke was rushed to a hospital in Mexico for emergency surgery and eventually diagnosed with AVM or Arteriovenous Malformation, a condition that causes bleeding in the brain.

After several delays, Burke’s parents managed to get her transferred to a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, where she was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

On April 18, the family made the difficult decision to stop treatment. Liza died on Friday, April 28 at around 2:20 a.m.

Friends organizing a GoFundMe on the families behalf shared this statement from Burke’s mother:

As of the publication of this article, $172,812 has been raised to help Liza’s family.