cindy and davidWhat started as a small scratch, a break in the skin, turned into a blood infection which turned into a rare flesh-eating bacteria, which resulted in the amputation of both feet and right hand of Cindy Martinez.

Cindy is the sister of a dear sweet friend of ours, Danae Quintero and her husband, Pablo. Our families go to church together. I’ve been on a mission trip to Argentina with them. We’ve had fellowship on special occasions in their home.

Cindy is facing several more weeks in the hospital and  possibly several months of rehabilitation.

Cindy and husband David met while the two were serving together in the Marine Corp. David is a police officer with the Gwinnett County Police Department. They live in the Atlanta area and have two small children.

Cindy went to the emergency room on May 25th, complaining of pain in her shoulder. The next day doctors told the couple Cindy’s body was shutting down and she would require emergency surgery to save her life.

Thursday, June 25th, just 30 days after her emergency room visit, doctors amputated her feet and hand. Doctors don’t know the cause. They are also puzzled that the bacteria took over so quickly especially since Cindy is in such good health.

Friends and family have established a GoFundMe page to help defray some of the hospital costs. Follow this link to the GoFundMe page. The couple also has a Facebook page to keep interested friends updated on Cindy’s progress. Follow this link to their Facebook page.

aimee copelandSome of you may remember Aimee Copeland,who survived the same flesh-eating bacteria three years ago. She cut her leg while ziplining and swimming in a Georgia creek. Aimee lost both hands, both feet and one leg to the mysterious bacteria. Miss Copeland has been in touch with the Martinez family to offer her support.


  • Please pray that our Great Physician Almighty God will heal Cindy and give her strength, peace and courage to face the long rehab she faces with confidence that God is in control.
  • Pray that God will protect her from depression and discouragement
  • Pray for David, who will have to be mom and dad and bread winner for months to follow. Ask God to give him favor with his job. Ask God to comfort him, protect him and give him the strength and courage he needs to face his family’s future.
  • Pray that God will comfort Danae and Pablo and their extended families who have endured, persevered and prayed for Cindy and David.
  • And pray that whatever path this tragic accident takes, for all the family involved, will be for His glory.
  • I am praying that some of you will be moved by her story and go to their GoFundMe page and make a contribution to help Cindy and David pay their medical expenses. God bless you, if you do.

About Steve Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at https://stevensawyer.wordpress.com/. My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.
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  1. My GOD !!!! My prayers are with you I will add you to my prayer list I am also dangling o. The mist of a pfa or btk ampndue to a snake bite in July I’ve already had 2 amps….please follow me…..maybe we can help each other. Prayers to you and your familu

  2. Heavenly Father – You see your servants in need of your touch and healing. We do not know why things happen, but we do know that there is nothing outside of your knowledge. As saints, we come together in one accord praying for a miracle for Cindy. We also ask that you give Cindy and her family an abundance of peace. We ask in the Name of Jesus that you would give wisdom and discernment to all of the doctors and specialists that are involved in this situation. We know Lord, that although You can deliver Cindy immediately, You can also use physicians that you have gifted with wisdom and skill. Heavenly Father, I also ask that you would keep the children calm and at peace in this difficult time. Hear their prayers for their mommy and show them that You have an ear that hears and answers. God Almighty, sustain David during this uncertain time and let him know that you are there and aware of all that is going on. Give him strength when it is so easy to become weary. Give Cindy and David encouragement that Your presence is with them, We ask all of these things in the Name of Jesus. Amen!

    • Steven Sawyer says:

      Stacy, this is beautiful! Thank you. If you don’t mind I’d like to share your prayer with the family. I know they will be deeply moved as I was with your supplication for them. May God richly bless you.

    • secretangel says:

      Amen! I stand with you all in prayer for Cindy and David and their entire family. We ask for a miraculous intervention in their lives, that You will raise them up as a testament to Your Glory and Power. We ask You to comfort them with Your Peace that surpasses all understanding and to bring total healing and restoration of all that is lost… in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

  3. ptl2010 says:

    Dear Father in heaven we pray for Your mercy and grace for Cindy, David and their two children. Lord You are their Hope, You are their Refuge and Strength. Let them know You are with them through this trial and draw them close to You. We know You love them and as they acknowledge You as their Shepherd, lead them on we pray, through the narrow dark valleys and to the light of mountain heights. Let Your name be glorified we pray as You intervene on their behalf for their good. Lord, we want to see You in the lives of Cindy and her family. We thank You for supplying for their every need. Thank You in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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