David and Cindy Martinez (Family photo)

New amputations for woman fighting flesh-eating bacteria

The Gwinnett County Marine veteran recovering from her battle with a flesh-eating bacteria recently underwent additional amputations, her husband announced Friday.

Cindy Martinez has been hospitalized since Memorial Day, when her husband David — a Gwinnett County police officer — took her to Gwinnett Medical Center and the couple learned that she had contracted necrotizing fasciitis. Martinez has generally been considered “stable” but, on June 25, she had both feet and her right hand amputated.

On Friday, David Martinez wrote on Facebook that his wife had undergone additional surgeries — both legs have now been amputated just below the knee, and the right arm has now been amputated above the elbow, he wrote.

The fingers on Cindy Martinez’s left hand have now been removed as well.

“All the amputations appear to be healing,” David Martinez wrote, “but she is still being monitored closely.”

>> Read more trending stories

What may have necessitated the additional amputations was unclear. Martinez said his wife was recently transferred to a hospital in Augusta, where she is in the intensive care unit.

“She currently has limited use of the left hand,” he wrote. “The next step for Cindy would be a rehabilitation center to learn basic movements and functions.”

A fundraiser for the Martinezes was scheduled for Saturday night at Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula. The event was expected to include raffles, food trucks, live music and an antique car show.

As of Saturday afternoon, an online fundraising page had collected more than $87,000 in donations for the family.

Cindy and David Martinez are both former Marines. They have a 5-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter.

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.