California mom of 4 dies after suffering brain injury from pool dive
A California family’s “fun-filled pool day” turned tragic when a mother of four suffered a traumatic brain injury after a dive — and eventually was taken off life support, according to a report.
Maria Guadalupe Ambriz Davis, 43, of Riverside, the wife of a Los Angeles Fire Department paramedic, was enjoying the day with her kids — Brianna, Jacob, Adam and Zoie – last month when she took the fateful jump, People reported.
“She was everything to me, so much more than a wife,” her husband, Greg Davis, told the mag about Maria, who spent a week on life support before dying on Sept. 26.
“I loved to do anything for her because I knew she had already done that for me… I will miss her forever,” he added.
The beloved woman’s sister Elvia Ambriz, 35, described Maria as “vivacious, fun-loving and one of the funniest people in any room.”
“The tragedy has been hard on so many levels, but losing our best friend is the hardest. In all of her role as a wife, mother, daughter and sister, she was first and foremost our best friend. We will forever be at a loss without her,” Ambriz told People.
“After a week of fighting for her life, the family and her medical team decided it was time to let Maria go peacefully,” Ambriz wrote in a GoFundMe page for the family.
“She was a brightness in our family,” she told the news outlet. “Being eight years apart, she took care of me. She’d attend my school and work events. She was my champion. And I was hers. She made me a better person.
“As we grew and she became a mom, I saw just how amazing she truly was,” Ambriz continued. “She was so involved with her kids. Always attentive and engaged. Her kids are beautiful people because of who she was… I’ll always feel a hole inside now that she isn’t with us, but forever grateful I got to have 35 years with her.”
Maria’s eldest daughter, Brianna Fuerte, 21, said her mom “always knew what to do and what to say” and called her “my best friend.”
“She was my rock. We had such a close relationship, one that I would always brag about,” she told People. “Words will never express the love and adoration I have for her. My mom was always there for me no matter what. We used to tell each other everything. Good and bad.”
Fuerte added: “I am so grateful for the 21 years I got to spend with my other half. She was definitely my soulmate and I will forever carry those memories I have with her.”
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