Cynthia Martinez recently had a partial skull removal and after God spared her life, she is spending all her time now telling others about brain aneurysm and strokes to help save other lives.
Cynthia Martinez, a former beauty queen from Delaware tells us about the nightmare she suffered in 2018, when she was just 34 years old. She and her 4-year- old son had gone to a friend’s house for a family game night, but as they arrived she suddenly collapsed. “I had bent over to tell my son something when I just fell — in front of my friends and at the feet of my son,” Cynthia says.
Her friends called for help and paramedics took Cynthia to the hospital, but by the time Cynthia Martinez was screaming out in pain from a horrendous headache which Doctors found out to be from a ruptured brain aneurysm.
“Within a few hours I had a craniotomy to clip the aneurysm,” Cynthia explains. But that was only the start as she would have to undergo a partial skull removal later. The decision for a partial skull removal came as after her initial collapse, then pneumonia, lung, kidney, and blood infections followed it. And, she also suffered a stroke, which caused her brain to swell.
Doctors had no choice but to do a partial skull removal — a craniotomy and there was no guarantee that Cynthia would even survive the procedure. “My family was in absolute shock and disbelief,” she explained. “They [doctors] went from, ‘Oh she’s going to be OK’ to ‘Wait, what are her final wishes?’.”
It was a miracle that Cynthia did survive and although it took a lot of work and time, she made a full recovery. Today, she is sure that it was God behind it all. “Miracles and the power of prayer are very real,” she says.
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Survivor Story: Cynthia I’m told it was a rainy, cold November night. On the menu were drinks, friends, fun and games. But all of a sudden the aneurysm I didn’t know I had ruptured. It tried to kill me, and it almost succeeded. My aneurysm was clipped that night, November 9, 2018. But it wasn’t done with me yet. A day or two after I came down with pneumonia, and a lung, kidney, and a blood infection. I also had a stroke and my brain began to swell. I needed a craniotomy to remove part of my skull. At this point, the doctor told my family that they didn’t know if I would make it through surgery. Then, on Thanksgiving Day, I woke up. My days at the hospital are hazy, but I was doing well. I had cranioplasty, to put my skull cap back. And after a month and 10 days of being in the hospital, I was sent to a rehabilitation center for two weeks to try to repair the damage that the stroke had done on my left side. I wish so very much, that I could say my story ends there. That life returned to normal and I was able to return to being a mom at full capacity to a five-year old little boy. But that’s not what happened. On February 14, 2018 I had another craniotomy to remove the skull part that they put in, back in December. It had become infected. Eleven months have passed since that night and, I am now going on surgery number seven for my third tissue expander – since there were complications with the first two. This September I will have my 8th surgery — a cranioplasty that will be the last piece of the puzzle – literally. Besides the many complications, I am fortunate to have excelled in Speech and Physical Therapy. Once again, I wish so very much that I could say my story of recovery will end there. But I have another small aneurysm that will need to be treated, and I am still continuing Orthopedic and Occupational Therapy. The aneurysm on that rainy November night didn’t know who it was dealing with, because this is MY journey to recovery and triumph. #Survivor #1in50 #SavingLives #ImprovingLives #BAF25 #AwarenessMatters
Cynthia testifies that her recovery was due to all the people praying for her. “I have family in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay that were all praying for me. As well as family friends in Spain, co-workers in the UK, current and old co-workers all over the US that were praying for me,” she says. “And it worked. I’m walking proof that it works; the power of prayer and miracles are very real.”
Cynthia Martinez still had to undergo several surgeries because of an infected bone flap and had to wear a tissue expander to stretch her skin so doctors could later insert synthetic bone into her skull. Cynthia has survived an aneurysm, stroke, infections, and partial skull removal and is thankful to God for taking her through all this and bringing her out safely.
She says, “Things could have gone very, very wrong. For my family and especially my son – like it does for countless people in my situation,” she says. “When things get tough I try to remind myself that I’m alive and I was given this privilege of living. I struggle because I’m living.” She is now using her inspirational story to encourage others in her situation.
“We are all strong enough, we just don’t know it until we are pushed against the wall and forced to fight,” Cynthia says. “Fight for our lives, fight for our recovery, fight for whatever it is that is important to us.” She is sharing her story to help raise awareness about brain aneurysms and strokes.
She is also talking about how her faith in God and people praying for her helped her in this difficult journey, “That’s why I decided to publicly document my journey. I just felt that, so many people all over prayed for me — I owe it to them to show them what they did. What their prayers accomplished,” she says. “I will be forever grateful to everyone.