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June 01, 2015

Stephanie Martinez: Redefining Motherhood

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Stephanie Martinez tries not to dwell on the decision she made to meet up with her ex-boyfriend to talk in May 2009. The meeting led to a fight, which led to a car accident that almost killed her and her unborn child.

She doesn’t remember anything after he pulled the wheel away from her, until she woke up in the hospital with IVs and tubes everywhere.


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“It’s not like I did this to myself, that it was my fault. I had to take some responsibility for obviously going back to talk with him,” she says.

When Stephanie learned she had sustained a spinal cord injury, leaving her without the use of her legs, she focused on the positive: the child growing inside of her was still alive.

She said to herself, “You may not be able to walk but you know you’re still going to have this new adventure with your son and to be able to raise that child.”

Stephanie’s shifted her focus to recovery and raising her son Derek. While at Craig Hospital, Stephanie learned how to care for herself and how to change diapers and carry a baby from her wheelchair.

“He’s been a true blessing and joy in my life. To be able to take that with the spinal cord stuff has made it easier.”

Since the accident, Stephanie has gone back school and earned her high school diploma. She hopes to go to college and become a counselor so she can help others.

“I want to give back to people like the way Craig has given back to me,” she says.

You may not be able to walk but you know you’re still going to have this new adventure with your son and to be able to raise that child.

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