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A Canadian Woman Is Recovering In A Hospital After She Was Violently Attacked By People At Her Tulum Resort

It can be dangerous for women to travel alone. It’s an unfortunate thing to say, but a harsh reality when you look at the statistics of violence against women when they travel to foreign countries. As much as we are proud to be independent and fierce, the reality is predators often seek out women who are alone and in unfamiliar settings. This latest story out of Tulum is just proof that women are vulnerable even in the most luxurious of resorts. 

On Nov. 11, a 29-year-old woman from Canada was almost killed in an attack at a resort in Tulum

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The woman, who was traveling alone at the time of her attack but awaiting the visit of her mother, was staying at the Grand Bahia Principe resort in Tulum, Mexico. Tulum is known to be one of the most sought after vacation spots by foreigners and us typically a very safe place to travel to. 

According to her brother, Mathew York, Alexandra York, who also goes by Lexie, was beaten severely by another guest at the same resort where she was staying. The attack occurred late on Nov. 11 after Lexie went to eat at the resort restaurant. It was there that a couple befriended her. 

“Later that evening, there was a knock on Lexie’s door, and the man claimed to be there to check on Lexie,” her brother stated. “It was then that he attacked her in her room and left her lying there beaten, strangled, and unconscious.”

Thankfully Lexie was able to escape her hotel room despite her injuries and called out for help “until another guest heard her and came to her aid. She was taken by ambulance and admitted to Hospital Playa Del Carmen, and was later transferred to a hospital in Cancun.”

Her injuries were so severe that she needed more than nine hours of surgery, and she has yet to be approved to return home to Canada.

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According to CTV News, Lexie “underwent extensive reconstructive surgery on her face after the assault, including plates placed in her cheek and mesh around one eye to help stabilize the muscles.”

Lexie, who remains in Mexico until she can be discharged, said she is very grateful to the medical staff in Cancun for taking good care of her. 

“I’m so thankful for the doctor who has been working with me. He did an amazing job. I’m just so thankful,” she said from her hospital room, according to the local Canada news station. 

Lexie also recalls that she never expected her assailant to go to her room after the group had retreated from the restaurant. 

“I never really thought it was going to be an unsafe situation.”

Police arrested a suspect named Ricardo Sanchez Pichardo and have charged him with attempted murder. 

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“This incident is extremely upsetting, and our hearts go out to the victim,” a Grand Bahia Principe spokesperson told Newsweek. “The safety and security of hotel guests and staff has been and always will be our number one priority. As soon as the hotel was informed of the incident, the staff immediately activated our internal security protocol. That included providing urgent medical assistance and alerting the local authorities, who immediately arrested the suspect, a guest in the resort. We wish Ms. York a speedy recovery and hope that the authorities get to the bottom of this incident as soon as possible.”

After her attack, her brother launched a GoFundme campaign to help pay for her medical care. 

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“Your donations will help with the ongoing care Lexie has yet to receive, as it is unclear when Lexie will be cleared to travel back to Canada,” her brother stated. “Please help us raise some money to help with Lexie’s recovery and to bring her home as soon as it is safe for her to do so. Presently Lexie has family with her in Cancun, the funds would also help to ensure that someone Lexie trusts may stay with her at all times to help comfort and make her feel safe. With your generosity and donations, we can bring Lexie home to everyone who is excited to see her back in Canada safe and sound!”

Impressively, her brother has successfully raised more than $55,000 of his $30,000 goal in just a few days. We do wish Lexie a speedy recovery.

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