Former staff member acquires rare disease, reaches out for support


By Amanda Stickels, executive online editor
Former attendance office secretary Carol Martin recently discovered that she had a rare disease called Necrotizing Fasciitis, which according to the CDC, is a serious bacterial skin infection that spreads quickly and kills the body’s soft tissue.
Martin found out that she had this flesh-eating disease after falling in her front bedroom doorway. She was rushed to the emergency room in Northwest Community Hospital, which said that Martin’s case was one of the most extreme cases in over a decade at the hospital.
Martin had many surgeries throughout the following three months in which she lost both of her legs below the knee, her left hand and the fingers on her right hand.
The doctor said that it would be close to a year before she can finally go home. However, Prospect staff and students along with family and friends are supporting her through thoughts, prayers and a GoFundMe page created for her on Aug. 30.
The GoFundMe page is to help Martin pay for prosthetics and modify her house to become accessible for her. The family already has gained $6,455 of their goal of $50,000.
They are very grateful for the support they have already gathered and are hoping to reach their goal soon.