Machete attack survivor diagnosed with cancer dies
The woman who suffered a machete attack has lost her battle with cancer. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The woman who suffered a machete attack has lost her battle with cancer.
Safe Faith United confirmed Wednesday that Maria del Carmen Gomez passed away.
"Maria was a very outgoing person, very optimistic about life, even in times of adversity. Maria never lost her smile," said Rebeca Ferreira, with Safe Faith United.
Gomez survived a brutal machete attack, allegedly at the hands of her ex-boyfriend, Armando Vergara-Martinez.
Police say he ambushed her with an 18-inch blade, severing her wrists and striking her in the head.
Gomez spent the last several months in and out of area hospitals, left unable to work without the use of her hands.
She was recently diagnosed with cancer and her health deteriorated quickly.
Action News recently spoke with her on her battle with the disease. She relied on help from generous community members and advocates to help pay for her mounting medical expenses.
Those close to her say she was a woman of strength and determination, who never gave up on hope.
"Right now, Maria has thousands of voices that will fight for her. We're gonna make sure that justice is served for Maria Gomez," said Ferreira.
A fundraiser is being held to help Maria's family with funeral expenses on Friday, Sept. 7 from 6-10 p.m. at the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union 525, located at 760 North Lamb Boulevard.
Or if you'd like to make a donation, go to any Wells Fargo Bank and reference account number 319-206-1962.