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Machete attack survivor speaks out, warns others

Machete attack survivor speaks out, warns others

By Spencer Lubitz. CREATED Apr 18, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A victim of extreme domestic violence is speaking out and warning other women not to wait around until it’s too late.

Every day is filled with more pain and more obstacles for Maria Del Carmen Gomez after an extreme case of domestic violence left her bloody and disfigured.

Gomez said she broke up with her ex-boyfriend Armando Vergara-Martinez several months ago.

According to Gomez, she was leaving a convenience store last month when he appeared out of nowhere and attacked her, raising an 18-inch blade to Maria’s head, striking her over and over again.

“I screamed cause it was so hard, and after that I collapsed,” said Gomez.

Vergara-Martinez then allegedly took the machete and chopped off her hands. Gomez believes he wanted to see her dead.

“Thank god I am still alive,” said Gomez.

Amazingly doctors were able to re-attach her hands, but a full recovery isn't guaranteed.

“After this I don't know if I am going to be able to use my hand or lose it, I don't know,” she said.

On Tuesday, Vergara-Martinez appeared in court announcing his plans to plead guilty to the crime.

While Maria is happy to be alive to see her accused tormentor face justice, she wants to use this opportunity to warn other women who are in abusive relationships not to wait around another day.

“Forget it, you better walk away. You better walk. Don't stay there,” she said.

Gomez use to work two jobs but since her hands have been so severely injured she has been without a source of income.

An account has been set-up to help Maria Gomez get through this trying time. 

If you would like to contribute, contact Wells Fargo and reference Maria Gomez and Account #319 206 1962

Spencer Lubitz

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Spencer Lubitz is a general assignment reporter for Action News.