Advocate speaks about machete attack victim's struggle
A woman who survived a violent machete attack by an ex-boyfriend has suffered another major setback, this time in the form of a cancer diagnosis. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Maria del Carmen Gomez looks so small in her hospital bed but friends and others say her determination to get better could move mountains.
"I have never seen a victim with so much strength," said Rebeca Ferreira, an advocate for victims of domestic abuse with Safe United.
"I've been working with Maria since day one and I make a promise to her -- I say I'm never going to leave you," continued Ferreira.
An extreme case of domestic violence left Maria bloody and disfigured. Just fine months ago, her ex-boyfriend, Armando Vergara-Martinez, allegedly attacked her with a machete.
Maria still has painful flashbacks.
Martinez nearly chopped off Maria's hands and nearly crushed her skill. Miraculously, she recovered.
While doctors were able to reattach her hands, she still does not have full use of them. It has kept her from working.
And that concern is increasing with her mounting medical expenses.
Maria has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of uterine cancer. She is undergoing surgeries and chemotherapy with the hope of proving that she is a survivor once again.
"She's a fighter, she's not going to give up," concluded Ferreira.