A Georgia mother who contracted a flesh-eating bacteria infection is celebrating after she was moved from an intensive care unit to a rehabilitation center.
“I’m just grateful to see that she’s one step closer to being able to come home and be with the kids and try to get back to living her life again,” David Martinez, Cindy’s husband, said.
The former Marine was initially admitted to hospital in May when she complained of pain in her shoulder blade. The pain was later discovered to be an infection known as necrotizing fasciitis.
A day after being admitted into the hospital, doctors reported that Martinez’s body was shutting down. As a result, doctors had to amputate her legs below the knee. She also had one hand and several fingers amputated.
It’s still unclear how Cindy contracted the bacteria.
She will now spend at least one month in rehabilitation as she learns to live with her new prosthetic limbs. Although the recovery won’t be easy, as Cindy often struggles to simply sit up, her husband noted that she is excited to begin therapy.
The couple's children, who have only been able to visit their mother a handful of times since she was admitted into the hospital, were beyond excited when she was moved to the rehab center.
“They gave her hugs, they gave her kisses and it was great to see them you know, together again,” David said.
The Martinez family has received prayers and cards from all over the country. They have also created a GoFundMe page to help pay for medical expenses.