Young Medical Student Fortunately Survives after 6 Brain Surgeries

Comfort Omovre
Jun 02, 2019
07:32 A.M.
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An Aspiring doctor, Claudia Martinez beats the odds despite chronic health issues and series of surgical treatment.


The Texas resident who has always dreamt of becoming a doctor since childhood did not have it easy as she battled and took trips down to the hospital a good number of times.


After she got admitted to the University of Houston, Martinez started experiencing a series of migraine, and fainting spells. Doctors, after carrying out tests, diagnosed the young lady with Chiari Malformation — a condition that causes the brain tissue to extend into the spinal cord which in the long run, could lead to paralysis.


Doctors carried out brain surgery on the undergraduate, but it seemed like her ailment was malignant as five other operations were later performed on her.

Albeit such a severe condition, Claudia remained strong as she accepted the situation and used it as a source of strength. She graduated from the University of Houston with a sterling 4.0 thereby securing a chance at her dream medical college, the University of Texas, Houston.

These were the words of Martinez who is and continues to be a fighter despite undergoing six cerebral surgeries:

“My journey has been long and at times has felt impossible, but what keeps me going is my future patients.”


Martinez told “Fox News”:

“I've learned we don't necessarily need a cure. We need inclusion, we need patience, we need accessibility, and we need individuals who are willing to work with us to give us the reasonable accommodations that, by law, we are entitled to.”

It seems her ordeal wasn’t over yet, as after Claudia got into medical school, her condition worsened. In her first year, the 28-year-old lady suffered a seizure which led her into surgery once again. During her third year, she suffered a stroke that left her in a vegetative state. She lost control over her body from her neck down.


This development did not deter Martinez as she even became more determined. Doctors transferred her to TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital, a neuro-rehabilitation center. There, Claudia went through a rigorous routine to get her body parts functioning again.

The Brawley Calif native will graduate from medical school in 2020. She has decided to focus on the area of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Neurology instead of being a neurosurgeon as her hands have lost some level of ability.


, Claudia Martinez is an advocate for physical rehabilitation as she joined “Rehabilitation Services Volunteer Program (RSVP),” a non-profit organization set aside to provide underprivileged individuals with rehabilitation services and equipment.