Flesh-eat­ing bac­te­ria claimed vet’s limbs, but not her drive

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LIFE - By Lisa Marie Pane

A year ago, Cindy Martinez was strug­gling to walk even just a few feet and lift just five pounds.

A flesh-eat­ing bac­te­ria had rav­aged the 35-yearold Ma­rine vet­eran’s body. She had a grim choice: Am­pu­tate both legs, an arm be­low the el­bow, and parts of the fin­gers on her re­main­ing arm — or face al­most-cer­tain death.

The am­pu­ta­tions saved her life. And af­ter months of hos­pi­tal­iza­tions and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, she fi­nally found her­self back home but alone dur­ing the day while her young chil­dren were in school and her hus­band was off at work.

“It kind of takes a toll on you men­tally, just sit­ting there af­ter all that I had gone through,” she said.

In the still­ness of her home, she fired off an email to a lo­cal gym and asked about join­ing. When they called back later that night, “I told the lady on the phone, well, there’s a twist to my story.”

She soon found her­self sit­ting in a cir­cle sur­rounded by train­ers at Crossfit Goat — with the motto Be Your Great­est of All Time — in Dac­ula, about 45 miles north­east of At­lanta. She told them her story and be­gan in Fe­bru­ary to em­bark on an un­usual quest: be­com­ing a Crossfit ath­lete. Crossfit gyms are known for high-in­ten­sity strength and car­dio work­out, and their mem­bers of­ten con­sider their “box” to be like a fam­ily as they bond over work­outs-of-the-day that test their strength and re-

For more about con­trol­ling birds on fruit crops, see this Penn State Univer­sity Ex­ten­sion fact sheet:http://ex­ten­sion.psu. edu/nat­u­ral-re­sources/wildlife/wildlife-nui­sance-and­dam­age/birds/con­trol­ling­birds-on-fruit-crops

LISA MARIE PANE — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Martinez per­forms a body row ex­er­cise dur­ing a work­out at the Crossfit Goat gym in Dac­ula, Ge­or­gia on Sept. 26.

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