Police are blaming a domestic partner for the machete attack on a woman in the Bribri community of Chinakicha in southeastern Costa Rica.
The woman suffered machete slashes to her shoulder and head, and she lost her left hand, said the Fuerza Pública. She is 24, police said.
The woman suffered the injuries Sunday afternoon in her home. Her companion, a man aged 25, fled but was detained later by police, they said.
The woman went to hospital Tony Facio in Limón but due to the severe nature of the injuries she was in Hospital Calderón Guardia.