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Tags: Cindy Martinez | surgery | bacteria | necrotizing | faciitis

Former Marine Battling Flesh-Eating Bacteria, Undergoes Amputations

By    |   Friday, 26 June 2015 12:31 PM


Cindy Martinez, a mother of two small children and a former Marine, underwent surgery on Thursday to amputate her feet and right hand after contracting a deadly flesh-eating bacteria called necrotizing faciitis.

The 34-year-old Georgia woman was hospitalized on May 25 with severe shoulder pain. She has since undergone several surgeries to remove flesh and muscles affected by the disease before undergoing the amputations. In addition to the problems with her limbs, her husband David Martinez reported she also has a wound on the left side of her body that is slow to heal.

Doctors at Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville still don't know how she came in contact with the rare infection, but it's usually through an open wound.

According to Mr. Martinez, who is a police officer with Guinnett county, his wife hasn't seen her children in more than a month. “I wanted to bring the children sometime in the near future to visit her,” he told Atlanta's WSB-TV. “It will be good for her and the children because they ask about her every day.”

Mr. Martinez , who met his future wife while both were Marines, has taken a leave of absence from his job to be with his family during the ordeal. Friends have set up a GoFundMe account to help the family with medical bills.

Mr. Martinez pleaded for prayers for his wife on the website a few days after she was admitted to the hospital. "Cindy is on every machine at the hospital to help keep her alive" he said. "People all over the world pray for Cindy."

According to the CDC, keeping wounds clean and dry will help avoid getting an infection. The CDC also advises against using hot tubs and swimming pools if you have an open wound.


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Cindy Martinez, a mother of two small children and a former Marine, underwent surgery on Thursday to amputate her feet and right hand after contracting a deadly flesh-eating bacteria called necrotizing...
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