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Machete attack survivor dies of cancer

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Maria Gomez, left, had been in rehab following an attack involving her former boyfriend. (Photo provided by Safe Faith United) Maria Gomez, left, had been in rehab following an attack involving her former boyfriend. (Photo provided by Safe Faith United)
Family members say Maria Gomez's cancer was found during her stints in rehab. (Photo by Safe Faith United) Family members say Maria Gomez's cancer was found during her stints in rehab. (Photo by Safe Faith United)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

A woman who survived a machete attack earlier this year has died of cancer, a local domestic violence group said Wednesday.

Maria Gomez, 53, had been battling terminal uterus cancer, which, according to her family, was found when she received treatment for her domestic battery attacks.

On Sunday, FOX5 reported on her condition.

"When doctors operated on her, they sent her to a place for rehab and apparently her body began to go down and down," Victor Ortiz, the victim's brother, said. "They located the cancer in her stomach which went up to her liver."

Earlier this year, Gomez spoke to FOX5 as her former boyfriend, Armando Vergara Martinez, was set to plead guilty for attempted murder.

"He stabbed me two, three times on my head. I felt such strong hits over there," Gomez said in an April interview. "He cut these three fingers and left it on the floor."

Gomez suffered severe head wounds and lost consciousness moments before the machete severed her hands.

Safe Faith United said donations are being accepted to cover her funeral expenses. You can make an account at area Wells Fargo bank branches under Maria Gomez's name with account No. 319-206-1962.

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