Family: Woman diagnosed with flesh-eating bacteria after experiencing pain in shoulder

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GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. – A Georgia mother is fighting to keep her hands and feet after being diagnosed with a flesh-eating bacteria.

At this point, doctors are not sure how 34-year-old Cindy Martinez contracted the dangerous bacteria.

Her husband, David Martinez, says it all started with a small pain in her shoulder.

“That seems to be the mystery at this point. We don’t know. She didn’t have any injury, and initially at home when she was feeling the pain, I looked at where the pain was at and I didn’t notice anything and that’s what’s troubling. I don’t know,” Martinez told WSB-TV.

Experts say the flesh-eating bacteria, called necrotizing fascilitis, comes from an open wound.

So far, the bacteria has forced doctors to remove dead muscle and tissue, and it is unclear whether she will lose her hands and feet.

Martinez just hopes that his wife can recover.

“I love her more than ever before,” Martinez said. “We have two children together. Our son is five and our daughter is 2 years old. We’ve been married for 13 years.”

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