Bond Girl Lana Wood’s daughter dead at 42July 25, 2017
Former Bond Girl Lana Wood cant seem to escape tragedy.
The 71-year-old stars daughter Evan Maldonado died at age 42 on July 18, Fox News has confirmed.
Evan went into full cardiac arrest and had no heartbeat for over 20 minutes, Wood initially wrote on her GoFundMe page, set up by friend Gregor Gillespie in hopes of raising funds for the star and her family after they found themselves homeless in April. She has been intubated and is on life support.
Gillespie confirmed Maldonado’s death to Fox News on Thursday. Maldonado leaves behind three children.
She just was so ill, he explained. She was on oxygen 24/7Its horrible. The family had just gotten back on their feet again and now [Lana] is being dealt with another blow.
Wood told RadarOnline.com Maldonado spent a week in a coma following a massive heart attack.
We gave Evan the last rites and then we turned off her life support, Wood told the celebrity news site. She was declared brain deadThe hospital kept giving me a sliver of hope. I knew it was wrong, but I wanted it to be true. So I hung on for a week. Its rough. I feel like Ive been very, very beaten. I hurt from head to toe with the pain of losing my daughter.
Inside Edition reported earlier this year that Wood was staying in a motel room outside of Los Angeles with her daughter, son-in-law, three grandchildren and two dogs while struggling to make ends meet.
The news site added Maldonado battled Hodgkins lymphoma and her radiation treatments permanently scarred her lugs, resulting in her breathing through an oxygen compressor. The family struggled to pay for their rented home in California and they were ultimately evicted. They scrambled to find a motel that would allow the family to stay with their pets.
The actress told Fox News earlier this month the familys growing medical bills were to blame for their financial woes and eventual homelessness. Wood said she suffers from health issues of her own, including arthritis and claimed doctors have tried numerous treatments but nothing has provided long-term relief.
I realized [I was in trouble] for quite a while, but it seemed like we were able to bail out, Wood explained. We had more health problems than expected not that you ever expect them but I know Im not going to get well. Im only going to get worse But my daughter, shes all hooked up to oxygen. Shes got two units. She cant walk across a room without becoming terribly winded. We werent expecting that. She has other medical problems that I dont think she would be comfortable with me going into on her behalf But shes not well. Shes really not well. Its difficult.
Since the GoFundMe page was created for Wood, the sister of the late Natalie Wood, on March 25, fans have pitched in over $37,000, totally overshooting its $10,000 goal.
Lana Wood and her family have since moved into a small home. She credited donations from the campaign for giving them a new start.
Oh goodness, if I wasnt able to touch [that money], I wouldnt have electricity, water, or a roof over my head, she said. But you know, the thing a lot of us forget, myself included, is you put down first, last, and a security deposit and youre in a place. But how about all the deposits necessary for water, gas, electricity all of our things had to be put in storage.
“Even doing that we lost more than half of everything we owned and finding a motel that would accept us with dogs was not easy. It was costly Were still coming to terms with everything, so were not pulled together by any stretch of the imagination, but were trying. Im trying very hard to make it a home.
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