Linda Martel, the Little Girl With the Gift of Healing

Linda Martel was a young girl gifted with the extraordinary power to heal people. Born in Guernsey's Amherst Maternity Home in St Peter Port at 03.30 am on Tuesday, August 21st, 1956, she sadly only lived until October 20th 1961. During those years she became a legend, wise well beyond her years due to the sheer miracles of healing she performed during her short life.

Linda Martel was born suffering from Hydrocephalus (water on the brain), spina bifida and paralysed legs. Doctors only gave Linda months to live, although she did far outlive their expectations and survived past the age of five.

The Doctor in charge of Linda's case was called Dr. Webber, and he warned Linda's father that she would most likely go blind and her head would swell to huge proportions. Sadly their was nothing he could medically do to help as surgery was not capable of providing a cure.

At 11 days old Linda was transferred to the St Peter Port Hospital, everyone assuming her remaining time was limited. Soon after her arrival at the hospital Linda was christened. Weeks went by, during which time Linda's head did indeed swell up, and after some months the hospital warned Mr and Mrs Martel that their daughter was dying.

Some weeks earlier Roy Martel (her father), had experienced a very strange event, where he had heard the sound of a wind, and the room had been filled with a glowing light. Whether it was because of this, or some other reason, Roy Martel refused to believe the hospital's message. He told his wife to call the hospital the following morning and there would be good news. Sure enough, when Mrs Martel called the hospital the following day she learnt that Linda was alright.

Linda made it to her 1st birthday, and Matron Bones arranged a birthday cake for her to celebrate. Shortly after this the same matron read of a new American treatment for hydrocephalus cases such as Linda's. The treatment (invented by an American called Spitz, with a valve designed by another American named Holter), drew fluid away from the head. Matron Bones wrote to Spitz in the hope the estimated £2000 required to send Linda to see him could be raised. Luckily this proved unnecessary as Sptiz wrote back to say an English surgeon by the name of Peter Rickham had been studying the treatment in the US, was now back in England.

Mr. Rickman readily agreed to see Linda, but due to the costs of the valves required that the treasury refused to pay for, he was left having to improvise using a polythene catheter to drain the fluids into the peritoneal cavity. This was a temporary success, and Linda's head did start to reduce in size. By the time the catheter failed to work Mr. Rickman had fortunately been able to obtain the correct valves, performed the operation and Linda was back in the Guernsey hospital within a matter of days, (now aged just 17 months).

Linda began to talk whilst still in the hospital, and for this reason her first words were 'My Lady', 'Doctor Webber' and 'Sister'. There were no other children around for Linda to learn more basic words from. By the time Linda reached two years and nine months old Dr. Webber decided she would be better off at home as she was clearly in no imminent danger of dying.

It was after Linda's arrival home that her family noticed Linda possessed the ability to not only "see" illness and pains from which people were suffering, but could also cure these afflictions.

Linda often spoke about "my Lady" and Jesus, and shortly after returning from Liverpool she had told her father, "Roy, it's my Lady who looks after me, she comes to see me you know". She answered a question from her father by saying " the Lady has a blue dress, and she wears a gold chain around her waist, she doesn't smile or laugh, she cries. She cries, you know". If a person died she would say: "He is with my Jesus. He is in Heavens".

What is worth mentioning here is that Linda's parents were not a family who would attempt to indoctrinate any child into a denomination or variation of any organised religion. They simply practiced one main commandment, "love thy neighbour".

The deep meaningful statements made by Linda on the topic of religion were therefore not as a result of brainwashing by her parents. As her Father Roy said, "There was no arguing with Linda when she spoke, she spoke with authority".

Linda did not however like to hear hymns being sung; and she had a horror of entering church. When her parents tired to take her on a couple of occasions she exclaimed, "I don't like churches, I only like the people".

Aged five years old Linda said "My Jesus Christ told me last night that I will walk next year". The very next day she experienced back pains. Linda's concerned parents wanted to send for her doctor, but Linda said "There isn't any need to send for the doctor, there isn't anything he can do you know, there isn't anything he can do".

The Friday before Linda died she said: "My Jesus Christ is not coming to see me many more times, but I shall soon be going, I shall soon be going to see Him, and the world will soon know, you know, Auntie Noreen".

The following Thursday Linda died in her mother's arms shortly after experiencing breathing difficulties. She was buried in St Sampson's Church cemetery in Guernsey.

Dr. Webber's words proved of particular interest and went as follows:

"It wasn't for some months (after her return from Liverpool hospital) that the story of Linda appeared in the newspapers. Various patients of mine then went to see her. Many of them were definitely neurotic, quite apart from the psychosomatics, and cures are the natural sequence of an illness. There is a medical panel which investigates all claims for cures at Lourdes. The average is less than one a year which is authenticated though, over the years, there have been quite a few. So a cure can be supernatural. In the case of Linda you can explain away in medical terms a whole lot of her individual 'cures'. But to judge by the number of people who claim to have been healed by Linda, there are too many of them, too many coincidences, considering what a short time she was alive. I am not one of those who dismiss this sort of thing out of hand. It is difficult to understand, but things are done which have quite remarkable results."

It was whilst in his cafe Roy Martel was approached by a gentleman asking if Roy had a handkerchief that Linda had ever handled. When Roy explained that he hadn't, the gentleman asked him if he had any of Linda's clothing at all. When Roy asked the gentleman why he needed the clothing the man's answer was "well, she used to cure with handkerchiefs, why not her clothing?".

Roy agreed to give the man a piece of Linda's clothing, and gave him a 12 inch by 1 inch strip of cloth from one of Linda's dresses. Two weeks later the man approached Roy again, and told him that he had placed the cloth inside his vest in order to help his asthma and that now his breathing was 100%. This was just the start however, and it wasn't long before fabric from Linda's clothing had also healed Peter's (one of Roy's children) eye after a splinter of wood became lodged in the eye after an accident in his school woodworking class. After applying the cloth to Peter's eye, within 5 minutes the swelling, pain and bloodshot appearance had vanished, and a quarter inch long splinter was left on the cloth once it was removed.

It seems Linda had far more spiritual knowledge than even the Clergy can claim to possess, and Roy Martel distinctly remembers an occasion where Eileen Martel was ironing and Linda Martel was listening to a church service on the radio. Linda suddenly turned and said, "They are very silly people, Eileen, they are very silly people". Eileen turned to Linda and said "What people Linda?". "The ones on the radio, Eileen. Don't they know that my Jesus Christ is God, and that God is Jesus Christ, don't they know that?".What in that service had prompted Linda to say that, after all, she was only three years old at the time?

Charles Graves wrote in The Legend of Linda Martel, "She knew where the pain or the ailment was situated". Roy Martel states that he can assure anyone this is not a fantasy. It may be unbelievable but nevertheless it is a fact.

One night Roy Martel answered their front door and found a gentleman standing there. He asked them if they knew a Mrs Morris, who it transpired was a lady that Eileen Martel had sent a piece of the material from one of Linda's dresses to in order to try and help her four year old daughter to walk. By the third day after the material was applied to the affected area the child was walking again.

Soon cases arose of people who had visited Linda's grave with ailments that were subsequently cured. Shortly after Charles Graves published his book "The Legend of Linda Martel" Mr Graves phoned Roy Martel to tell him that a gentleman was being featured on Channel Television's news that had been told he only had 6 months to live due to an advanced growth in his throat, yet after his visit to Linda's grave he was re-examined and the growth had vanished.

A local hotelier took some of his visitors to Linda's grave in order for them to take pictures. It transpired that the hotelier was due to attend hospital for a removal of cysts from his eye, so whilst he was at the grave he thought he would ask for help. The following morning the cysts had completely disappeared. His doctor was skeptical, but as the hotelier pointed out, "if you didn't remove the cysts, who did?", to which the doctor had no answer.

As Roy Martel states, "Linda knew this was not the only life because at two and a half years she said to my wife".

"I died before Eileen, I died before"

What does a child of that age know of living or dying? When she said she would walk again she was dead three weeks later. She was obviously going to be capable of walking again once no longer on this earth.

Roy Dodd who worked at De Putron's paint counter had been suffering from severe headaches came down to the paint counter and said, "Tom, I have to go to Winchester Hospital next Wednesday for an operation". It had to have been a complicated operation to send him all the way to Winchester as Guernsey surgeons were very capable. Anyway, Roy Dodd was due for a mastoid removal, and a blockage from above his nose. Tom then said, "Why don't you try a piece of Linda's dress?". "I don't believe in that bloody nonsense" said Roy. Tom responded by saying quietly "Look Roy, I will give you a piece, you are not getting charged for it, it is absolutely free, if it doesn't work you go to Winchester, if it does work you won't have to go will you?" At that Roy, stopped, thought about it and then agreed that he had everything to gain and nothing to lose and accepted a piece of the cloth. Having attached it to his complaint when he retired for bed, the next morning Roy attended work and Tom (Mr Ramsden), asked if anything had happened. "No" said Roy, " and I don't expect anything to, that's for sure." About 11 am the following Monday Roy turned up for work late, and as white as a sheet and with a piece of cotton wool protruding from his ear. After begging a cigarette from Roy Martel (Linda's father), Roy Dodd went on to say:

"I never want that to happen to me again. I woke up at about 02.00 am, in my head the pain was terrible" he said. "I thought I was going mad, then all of a sudden there was a flash of light, I thought I was going or gone." Then he said "I woke up or came to, I don't quite know which". Blood and pus had poured out of his ear and also down his nose. To the best of Roy Martel's knowledge Roy Dodd never went to Winchester or back to a doctor ever.

St Sampson's Church where Linda Martel is buried.
St Sampson's Church where Linda Martel is buried.

The cases of Linda's clothing curing people are many, too many to list in one article to be honest. There was the baby who was apparently dying from liver and kidney problems, but when the Mother sewed a piece of Linda's clothing inside the child's vest he went on to make a full recovery, and even the lad's doctor says it was a miracle. Then there is the chap with "water on the knee" who had been told he needed an operation when he could not really afford to take the required time away from work. Within a few days his leg was back to normal and he had no further bother from it.

A Mr Staples who had a spinal injury requiring an uncomfortable steel corset to be worn constantly, placed a piece of Linda's clothing in his jacket near his injury. For three days he endured a blinding headache that tablets had no effect on. When the headache finally dissipated he realised he had no need to continue using the steel corset and could return to his original profession of laying tiles on rooftops. This same man had a nasty accident trying to stop a 40 foot ladder from slipping. The result left him with split muscles around his heart and the heart itself had squeezed through the slit. His Doctors told him he would never work again and he would be bedridden for at least 3 months. Then Mr Staples remembered he still had Linda's material in his wallet. Within three weeks he was weeding in his garden and also returned to his business.

Roy went through a phase of getting frequent migraine attacks, to the point he almost suspected a tumour on the brain. It was on one of these occasions Linda (at the time still alive), called him over and put her hands on his said saying, "You'll be all better now". Within ten minutes the pain had disappeared.

No profit has ever been taken by Linda's family (the Martel's) for the scraps of clothing they have given away. In fact they have voluntarily answered thousands of letters free of charge. Even many senior Doctors on the island refuse to dismiss these miracle cures as imagination. One senior surgeon commented that "Doctors have acquired a lot of knowledge about healing, but we are still scratching the surface. Miracles such as those attributed to little Linda Martel depend on faith which can move mountains."

A girl of 13 asked for help getting a piece of Linda's material to send to her young cousin who had been on crutches for several years and was getting worse. Within two months the girl had thrown away her crutches and by January she was 'normal again'.

Another occasion the famous tenor Victor Soverall was on the bill for a local Summer Season show in Guernsey (in fact it was my Father Sydney James that had booked him to perform), when he was taken down with throat trouble and told to rest his voice for several weeks, although he was under contract at the time. A visit with Linda Martel was arranged by Roy Martel's cousin Flo Bates who was a great fan of Victor's singing. Linda unperturbed by this being the first black man she had ever seen, placed her hands on his throat and then, after a few minutes said, "You are better now". Later when talking to others present Victor said, "it's very odd, the pain and tension have left my throat. I wonder when I will be able to sing". Linda said, "You will be able to sing tonight". This he did, and had no further problems for the rest of the season.

A man who had suffered in a racing car accident and had received all the conventional treatment available for his back injury without success, went to see Linda. He was doubled up like a cripple. When he entered the house Linda's Mother, with Linda in her arms came over to him. Without any hesitation Linda put a tiny finger on the very spot where the pain was most intense, the fifth lumbar vertebra. He was cured instantly and able to walk out of the house completely upright.

The Guernsey Lighthouse
The Guernsey Lighthouse

Linda had another amazing gift. She could detect illness from photographs sent to her parents from people abroad. Bearing in mind many of the accompanying letters needed to be translated into English, it was often not possible for Linda to know the nature of the problem simply from the enclosed photos. In spite of this she would point at an area of the person's body within the photo and say, "That person is sick. It is there". It was even claimed that Linda could look at photos of groups of people and point out which of the people were deceased and "With my Jesus Christ" as she put it.

Although Linda was baptised as a Christian in hospital, she seemed to have distinct aversion, even distrust of churches. Linda received no religious instruction from her parents, yet somehow knew about Jesus and his Mother Mary. Even if she had learned this during her time in the Liverpool Hospital she would have learned it at an incredibly young age.

Handkerchiefs as we know, featured highly in Linda's healing and her parents were always buying them. It states in Acts 19, 12, 'so that from his (Paul's) body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases parted from them....'

Many who met Linda Martel said she had a wisdom beyond her years and that when she looked into your eyes it was like looking into the eyes of an 'old soul'. She spoke in a manner much like a mature woman, and commanded an air of authority to those around her, (even her parents, whom she always called by their first names).

One thing is for certain, Linda's name lives on, and many visitors come to her grave even now. This same grave was miraculously spared when a landslide in the cemetery where Linda is buried, dragged 150 graves (approximately), into a nearby quarry. Somehow Linda's grave remained undisturbed though, as if by some divine intervention.

"Because so many pieces of material associated with Linda were used up, her father presented one of her dresses to the Guernsey Museum, in the hope that it might be effective in healing through people simply looking at it, since the material itself was only the intermediary of some unknown force."

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"At the age of three, Linda frequently spoke about "my Lady" and about Jesus. The Lady had a blue dress and gold chain and lived in heaven with Jesus and also looked after her. At the age of five, Linda foretold her own death, saying, "My Jesus Christ is not coming to see me many more times, but I shall soon be going to see Him." She died October 20, 1961.

During her brief life, Linda manifested healing gifts as early as the age of three. Sometimes she would simply put her finger on a painful point and a cure would take place. At other times she healed through handkerchiefs she had handled. After her death, a sufferer from asthma asked Linda's father whether he could have a piece of her clothing. Her father gave him a piece of a dress, and the sufferer was healed after contact with the material. After that, there were constant demands for pieces of Linda's clothing, and claimed cures through contact with them included warts, eczema, spinal injury, bone disease, and throat cancer."

  • Linda Martel - Little Healerby Bob Bloomfield. 1990.

Rear Cover Text:

"This story of Linda Martel, whose father at her birth pleaded with the attendant physicians that she should not be allowed to live, is one that should be read by all who favour euthanasia or abortion of an imperfect foetus. It may cause them to change their minds.

In her short life of five years and two months Linda acquired a remarkable reputation as a healer. So much so that many years after her death in 1961 her parents continued to supply snippets of her clothing to sick enquirers who, allegedly, gained benefit therefrom. Her healing ability first became apparent at the age of three. In addition, and when even younger, she possessed a commanding presence, a gentle authority that surprised all whom she met. Although like any small child, and especially one so disabled, Linda was entirely dependent upon her family, yet when giving healing she controlled events with an ability well beyond her years. Many who knew her felt that they were speaking to a mature and wise woman. Seldom depressed, this child had a strong sense of humour; one of those rare souls whose being so exuded happiness as to envelop within it all whom she contacted. An intriguing story about a remarkable child. Linda Martel born at 3.30 a.m. on Tuesday, 21st August 1956 at the Amherst Maternity Hospital, St Peter Port, Guernsey. She died of Kidney failure on 20th October 1961."

The Legend of Linda Martel by Charles Graves is another fabulous book if you can get hold of it, (currently out of print).

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quietnessandtrust 6 years ago from Carbon Canyon, California

Totally amazing and beautiful. A well written piece Misty.

Thanks for doing this.

Sometimes God visits us through people only for a moment, some moments are short and sweet.

What I love about things like this is when it happens through children, because nobody can refute it and they cannot find any malice or deceit in children so young.

(note, the first paragraph has a typo, you have her listed as being born in 1956 and dying in 1951) =)


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Fascinating hub. I noticed that about the birth and death years, too, you might want to edit it. What a great hub, a terrific message, and remembrance of a very special person, whether the cures were authenticated or not.

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sheila b. 6 years ago

I had to keep reminding myself she was a little girl - her wisdom was, as you said, of an old soul.

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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Cindy: I have been thinking of writing about healing with proof of the healing, if I do this, I would love to link your hub to mine. It may take a while, as its very hard to find "proof", but even if I don't write the article, I still find this hub perfect as this is what I have exploring latley. It amazes me that there are so many cases of people being cured, yet we hardly hear about it.

BTW,my teenaged nephew passed away from undiagnosed Hydrocephalus over 4 years ago; he was apparantly healthy, just suffered from headaches, and because the emergency room nurse and doc, did not know he was having a Hydrocephalus seizure, they did not drain the water from his brain so he died in 3 hours, but if he had survived he would have been a vegetable, better that he is in the Other World.

Thanks for writing this, again its absolutely perfect for my explorations on healing! I have bookmarked your hub.

Thumbs up!

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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks so much to those of you who noticed and pointed out to me my typo in the first paragraph. It should have read 1956 to 1961. :) :)

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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thank you Q&T, I am so glad you enjoyed this. It never fails to amaze me how articulate and wise she was for someone so very young.

Thanks Paradise, editing done, pleased you enjoyed hearing Linda's story.

Hi Violet, I am so pleased this is a hub you find of particular help to you in your own research, and I am sorry to hear about your nephew too. Do try to get hold of at least one of the books as they are a riveting read. There is also quite a bit of information on the Internet about Linda, although not as much as is in the books.

Hi Sheila, you would love the books, as they cover so much more detail than I possibly could in one hub, plus there are numerous stories of people she healed, both during life and after her death. One man even had his incredibly painful feet healed, (sorry, I forget the exact problem he had with his feet now) after being advised, (and reluctantly agreeing), to stand on her grave. He said he even felt the heat shoot up through his legs.

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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

Very interesting hub, for the topic, and very well written. Great layout. Well done misty. Stumbled. :)

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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks Hypnodude, glad you enjoyed it and shared it :)

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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois

wow that is pretty amazing stuff. I would love to get that book. Thanks for a great read.

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Suiiki 6 years ago from City of the Newly Wed and Nearly Dead

Very interesting Hub Cindy. I hope you don't mind me saying this, but it's amazing what gifts God can give to people...and they always seem to be given to those one would least expect (Children, those who are ill and/or handicapped in some way, those affected by extreme poverty.)

I had goosebumps the entire time I read this. ^_^

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Momma Mia 6 years ago from North Carolina

WOW!! As I woke up this morning....the topic of healing hands was on my mind....Even considered writing a hub on it...yours said it all!! Thank you for your time and research!! God does work through he sent Jesus to teach us of this very thing as well as so much more!!I read this hub to my many have told her of her healing hands.......made her feel even more connected to God........and me too!!! XO Mia XO

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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Hi Fishtiger, the Bob Bloomfield book is still available if you click on the Amazon link at the end of the hub. Thanks for the feedback :)

Hi Suiiki, I totally agree with your post, so no danger of me "minding" at all.

Thanks Momma Mia, I am so pleased this hub made such an impression on you and you daughter... makes it all worth while writing such hubs :)

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Amazing story and how sad that she died so young! I always think about people like that though and how they are just not 'meant long' for this world because they are so good or they have such a tremendous gift that it is literally draining them. Marvelous hub and so different than the 'usual fare'!

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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thank you akirchner, I believe their souls already know they are only coming here for a short time, long enough to make a difference to people's faith and to help them to believe there is "more" to this life and spirit than we can possibly imagine. I am truly delighted you enjoyed this hub :)

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H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

This is nothing but the miracle of life one has to accept.

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RNMSN 6 years ago from Tucson, Az

I agree with all of the above Misty!!

this is a beautifully detailed account of a "miracle of life" as Roy said above!!!

much love to you!!

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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks HP, it is a wonderful miracle of life I agree.

Hi RNMSN, thank you, love to you also.

Sasikrishna, SPAMMING my hub to promote your entry into the healthcare contest is not the polite thing to do, nor a very good way of improving your chances I am afraid. This is why I have denied your comment.

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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain

Awwww Misty.. Thank you so much for this hub. She was, indeed,very special x

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sabrebIade 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

Amazing story and Hub. Thank you for doing this one.

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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks Shazwellyn, she was a wonderful child, still fondly remembered by many people.

Hi Sabreblade, I am pleased you enjoyed this and thanks for commenting :)

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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

What an interesting and fascinating hub, Misty. I don't think I ever heard of her. Great presention!

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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi Misty, this was an amazing story. I had never heard of her. Wow. I love stories like this, and with this one what other explanation was there? what a great little girl. Thank you so much for writing this. It has certainly got me mystified. Brilliant. cheers nell

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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks to both Ann and Nell, you should read more about her if you haven't before. She was a truly amazing and spiritual little girl who can still perform healing even after her death. We just tonight found out a dear friend of ours in the UK is possibly dying of Cancer, and I for one really want to find a way to get him to visit her grave, ..... just in case it can save his life!

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Sage Williams 6 years ago

misty - A truly amazing and well written hub. I have heard of Linda Martel before but never quite knew this much detail of her life and the people that she healed.

You have done an outstanding job researching and writing this hub. I really enjoyed it.


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thank you Sage, I am glad you learnt a few more details about her life after reading this :)

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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Very interesting Hub which I enjoyed reading. Thanks for sharing this information about so amazing a person.

Love and peace


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thank you Tony. I felt this was truly a story that should be shared.

AARON99 6 years ago

An extraordinary hub on Linda Martel. I was unknown about her previously. Thanks for sharing this hub. Keep it up. Enjoy.

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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks AARON99, delighted you enjoyed it.

PJ_Deneen 6 years ago

What a beautifully sad story. I do believe in miracles. Some skeptics might say, "Well, why didn't she heal herself?" She obviously had another mission to complete. Very well presented Misty.

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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks PJ, I too believe that healing hersekf was not a part of God's plan. Her time on this earth was meant to be short, but in that time she was meant to do a whole lot of good.

kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

OMG Just woke up early, was thinking of you, so dropped by and read the most beautiful I ever had

Thank you for the magic in it's message, the creativity in how it was written and the love in which it comes from

You made my day

There are no coincidences

Thank you



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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks Kimberly, I am so pleased this made your day, and it was lovely to see you here also :)

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PegCole17 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Beautifully uplifting and spiritual story. I felt chills when reading this. Her life and experiences are truly amazing and incredible. Now I want to read more about her.

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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks PegCole, I am so pleased you found this uplifting. She was such a special little girl. I believe there is information to a degree on the Internet about her, and the books on her life story may be available in libraries or on the Internet. At least one of the three books is still in print I know. I think it is the one at the header of this hub called "Linda Martel, Little Healer"

ffredsmum 6 years ago

Well done with your hub. I've just re-read Roy Martel's book. I'd forgotten that my dad was one of the people she healed. He is now just weeks away from his 90th birthday and as far as I know has had no more back problems. Heard a lot about her in the 70s since dad worked with her dad.

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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Hi ffredsmum, that is great to hear, so pleased your Dad is still going strong. I bet your Dad had some fascinating stories to tell after working with Linda's Dad.

Bernie coutu 6 years ago

My name is bernie and i was married to keith martel who was linda's brother and i have two childre from keith martel a boy and a girl and i also have the pink book by charles graves , i am sorry to say that keith did in fact die in my own arms. Eileen Martel also died as well

Bernie coutu 6 years ago

Sorry guys ,its me again and id just like to say if u want to rite to me my address is 25 sou le houques vale guernsey and the post code is GY3 5QZ and by the way im not in the phonebook . i will do my best to answer any letters that u send to me .thank you

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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thank you Bernie, this is a wonderful gesture and I am so pleased you were willing to make it.

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Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

Misty, thank you for bringing me to this page. It was a very lovely Hub. I feel blessed that I have been able to read it. One never knows what God has in store for us. I wish I could be able to travel 'over seas' to visit her grave site (I have a strange fascination for cemeteries) yet I don't visit my loved ones, how odd is that?

Great work in researching this!

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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thank you Sweetsusieg, I am glad you came to read this hub too. Her grave site is quite hard to get to nowadays as they have fenced off that area of the cemetery because of a landslide that fell into a nearby quarry taking a number of graves with it (although not Linda's thankfully). I think they closed off the area for safety reasons. I did read that it is not impossible to get through the fence though if you are determined enough to reach the grave.

Enlightenment 5 years ago

My name is Steve, my grandfather was a healer and friend of Linda and her family. He also contributed towards the publication of Roy Martel`s book.

I was given some of her clothe as a child and a signed photo of linda which i still have together with the book.

Although always sceptical i am told that i have the power to heal and walk with a white light surrounding my body. I feel so compelled to visit her grave before its lost forever..

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mistyhorizon2003 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Hello Enlightenment, I urge you to do just this, it is very possible that the person who gave you this advice was right. I don't know who told you this, and of course it does affect the validity of the advice, but never ignore it, messages are often sent to you on this earth for good reason and should not be ignored without due consideration.

Enlightenment 5 years ago

Thank you for replying Misty, I happened upon a spiritualist fair one day in Hampshire countryside. There was a tent with a medium in and I watched as she picked people in the audience and told them things only know to them, a message relating to people who had passed away much to their amazement.

She had no message for me until the end when she asked me to stay behind; when everyone had left the tent she told me I had the power.

Naturally I asked what she meant, she replied you have the power to heal, and went on to say she could see a white light all-round my body. And that if I learnt to stop it flowing out my body and focus it I would heal...

As a successful businessman and managing director of an aerospace company which keeps me busy, I cannot say why I should feel so compelled to visit her grave.

But the feeling won’t go away so next year I will visit the island for a long weekend...

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mistyhorizon2003 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

On this basis I urge you to do just that enlightenment. You most probably received this message for a good reason. I hope you will update me as the time to visit draws closer. Clearly you have a 'calling' you should follow up on.

hadassah israel 5 years ago

I begin to heal people in my church at age five. I did not know exactly what I was doing. My grandmother never told anyone. I stayed in the house mostly. Tired a lot. I began to notice that people only want to use you and make fun of you. I told God I would stop using my gift and I did. I don't touch people anymore. I feel that humanity does not deserve a gift that comes from God unless the holy spirit tells me to heal.

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mistyhorizon2003 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

What a fascinating yet sad story hadassah, it seems such a shame that many who would appreciate your gift shall miss out because of those too ignorant to appreciate it. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

Enlightenment  5 years ago

4 weeks after I wrote about my calling to visit her grave, my daughter who was doing her commission at Sandhurst Military academy developed a headache.

She was taken to Winchester Hospital and found she had a build up of fluid on the Brain, when the hospital drained it off and investigated the cause they found a nasty cancerous brain tumour.

I did my best to heal her and the tumour was shrinking, however 6 weeks ago out of the blue she died of a heart attack, I guess it was her time to go.

I have booked a day trip to Guernsey in August and was wondering if someone could advise what’s the best way to visit St Samson’s Church? Do I need to hire a car or is it walk able from the port.

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mistyhorizon2003 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

I am so terribly sorry to hear about your Daughter Enlightenment. What a horrible thing to happen, and no parent ever expects to outlive their own child. Perhaps this was why you were 'sent' the information about Linda's story beforehand, to give you faith when you would need it most that there is more to come after this life.

If you are coming to Guernsey by boat or plane I would recommend either getting a bus, taxi or hiring a car to get to St Sampson's Church. It is certainly too far to walk. Just bear in mind that the grave is fenced off, so unless you are willing to climb under/over/through the fencing you may not be able to get as close to her grave as you would like to. You could try contacting the Vicar I suppose and see if he would escort you to the graveside, but personally I would just try the former method.

Again I am sincerely sorry about your daughter.

Enlightenment 5 years ago

I found out from her oncologist yesterday that because of the type of tumour, she would of died in months, but he couldn’t tell her as she was so positive about getting better.

I have hired a car as advised, my grandfather commissioned a painting of Linda which is in the Museum with her dress could you tell me where that can be found.

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mistyhorizon2003 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

So very sad Enlightenment, she sounds like she was a lovely and very brave girl.

I am not 100% certain, but I suspect the Guernsey Museum they are referring to is the one at Candie Gardens in St Peter Port, Telephone 01481 726518, (I would call first to check). If so it is quite close to the town although I do believe it does not have a car par so you need to park on the street. To get to it you would drive away from the ferry port, straight across the large roundabout and up The Grange. When you get to the Pelican Crossing which is on a small crossroads, turn right and follow this road down the hill, up the other side and round to the left (the Fire Station is on your right). At the junction turn right and drive to the traffic lights before turning right again. Candie Gardens and the Guernsey Museum will come up on your left just past the large turning on the left. You can try to park on the street there, or alternatively take the previous left hand turning and look for street parking in that area and walk back to the museum.

I hope this helps.

believer 5 years ago

Hi Misty

When my husband was 24 years old, he lodged in Roy’s house in St Peter Port . One night, in 1970, while he was still living at Roy’s home, a year before I met him, he was visited by a young girl. The next day he asked Roy if he had a daughter and expressed his concern that she was wandering around in the early hours of the morning. Roy told him that his daughter died at the age of 6, and that she was a healer, and on the night before she died, she had said to him not to be worried because she was going to be with Jesus. He asked my husband if he was disturbed by her presence, as several people refused to sleep in that room, but my husband said that she looked just like any normal little girl and there was absolutely nothing frightening about her –she just entered the room, looked at my husband and left the room. I only learnt of his experience after we got married when we came across a song sheet with Linda’s picture on the front, which had been given to him by Roy. Sadly, the song-sheet seems to have been lost during our several house moves, but as I recall it, the picture on the front was identical to the pictures on your hub. It is with deep regret that it has been lost, especially since my husband was diagnosed with Lymphoma with a not so good prognosis which thankfully he has surpassed since having a bone marrow transplant 3 years ago. Today he impulsively decided to google Linda Martell and came across your website, which has inspired us to make a trip to Guernsey to Linda’s grave and the museum. We don’t know why she visited him that night, and would like to think that she watches over him now.

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mistyhorizon2003 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

That is an amazing story believer. I am so pleased you shared it with me here, (where others could read it too). It sounds as if even after she died Linda was looking out for people. Perhaps on the other side she knew what your Husband's future held, and she was already keeping a watch over him. It certainly seems a large coincidence that after seeing her ghost, he later went on to develop Lymphoma, which he then survived!

I am pleased you have decided to visit Guernsey, Linda's grave and the museum. If she did play a part in your Husband's recovery it is a particularly nice gesture to make the trip, and I am sure visiting the island will bring back many memories for your Husband too.

Iona McCubbin 3 years ago

Hi Misty. Thank you for the hub about wee linda. I first came upon her book in 1990 and treasure it still. I worried about getting to her graveside but I now know we don`t need to travel. All we have to do is ask for help and through Jesus she will hear you.

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mistyhorizon2003 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks Iona, she was an amazing little girl and I am glad you found out about her years ago. Do feel free to share the link to this hub with your friends and family as I would like as many people as possible to know what a wonderful and special person she was. It will give many people faith in there being 'something else' other than science to believe in.

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old albion 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi Misty. Another first class hub, so well researched and presented. This story seems incredible to the logical thinker, very strange and interesting.

Voted up and all.


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mistyhorizon2003 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks Graham, I am really pleased joyed reading this. It is a very incredible story, but she was an incredible child. :)

Vickiw 3 years ago

This was fascinating, and very well written. It is also so inspirational, confirming the fact that there are so many unknown and miraculous things to discover in life. What an extraordinary little girl. What a shame that she couldn't have lived on, to help others. That is one of the biggest mysteries to me - that so many beautiful people die, and the cruddy ones live on!

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mistyhorizon2003 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Only the good die young as they say Vicki. Maybe it is because living on earth is tough, full of hardships, losses, illnesses and other challenges etc. This would make dying young a reward if there is such a thing as Heaven (or a similar concept).

I am really glad you enjoyed reading this, and thank you so much for commenting.

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skye2day 2 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Truly the Lord did call Linda home at a very young age. He is the author and finisher of our Faith. Glory to God He worked through Linda to touch others and share the love of Jesus Christ and for years to come. This is year 2014 and look at the lives her story still touches to this day. Mine included. God is amazing love. Linda loved Jesus how precious it is. Only He could be on her young life there is no other explanation. It is about Jesus. I know He lives so did Linda. She hated church or the ones she was led to go to because of religion. Jesus is not about religion. He is about relationship with Him. That is what a Christian is. Believing in Jesus as Lord and Savior. He is the Healer, He is IAM.

What a great hub you have put together misty. You really are a gifted and talented writer. I so enjoyed Linda's story. Thank you so much for putting the time into writing this. You done good girl!. May God Bless all of your comings and goings. In the name of Jesus. Love, Skye

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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota

What an intriguing young girl Linda was. You did a wonderful job sharing the healing work of this beautiful child of God. I got goosebumps reading the part about how she said Jesus told her she would walk soon and then died shortly after. I so believe we all have healing powers if we choose to use them. My sister does hands on healings and she knows it all comes from God and Mother Mary. She has witnessed incredible miracles through her work. I am definitely going to get this book. I'm going to share this all over.

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mistyhorizon2003 2 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks to both skye2day and Minnetonka Twin for your kind comments. Linda is truly a legend on this island, an amazing little girl who appeared to have a very old soul in a very young body. She was a brief but perfect gift to this world.

Amolchandra Kulkarni. 2 years ago

I am from India, The city Aurangabad, near the world famous caves of Ellora.

Have read about Linda Martel, many years back. Today found on the web. Can somebody explain where this place is located. Thanks in anticipation.

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mistyhorizon2003 2 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

This place is located in Guernsey, which is a British Channel Island very close to France (St Malo).

Cathy 23 months ago

We are actually from Guernsey where Linda Martel's memory will always be alive. My grandparent's regularly spoke of her as she cured my grandfathers migraines. We have a copy of the book, we also have a piece of cloth belonging to Linda Martel. A real treasure to have.

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mistyhorizon2003 23 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

You are very lucky to have that piece of cloth Cathy, hang on to it as you never know when you might need it next. I too live in Guernsey and have a huge belief in what Linda was capable of based on the evidence available.

Cathy 23 months ago

The piece of cloth look's extremely sad, held together with a safety pin, My husband inherited it from his grandfather who new the family well, and my husband worked with one of Linda's brother's. I too believe in Linda's capabilities……but with so much time that has passed i'm not sure that the cloth would be of any help to anyone now! For me it's a piece of a special little girl who will carry on in Guernsey history for a long time yet to come.

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mistyhorizon2003 23 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Who knows Cathy, I am not sure time would matter with a gift like the one Linda had! She certainly was a very special little girl with an amazing gift. Perhaps even now she can still offer that gift when needed from the better place she is now.

Rayne123 19 months ago

Amazing story. I truly believe this. I had a very good and strong feeling while looking at the picture of Jesus's hands with the light.

There are so many false prophets that claim to heal and speak Gods word that one must be careful of who to trust. However you will know.

There are so many unsuspecting people out there though. Whether they will try anything to be healed or just have no kknowledge, point remains that one must research. Funny how so many people will disbelieve or discredit real stories like this but believe stories like the case of Jim Jones.

Then you have the ones who don't believe in God but yet want to be the next messiah lol.

Anyway this story sure brings a lit if questions, yet never question a miracle.

I wonder if there is anyone out there that has witnessed a miracle, as of today, by Linda. God gives very few people the gift to heal and most of them have passed.

Has she been canonized, I wonder.

This story reminds me of the life of St. Theresa, who was canonized. (which had to include being holy and had at least one miracle after death). This would also be Linda wouldn't it.

Anyway I love this story, thank you for posting.


Rayne123 19 months ago

Ok sorry about few spelling/grammer errors.

I am typing on an old cell and I never seem to be able to edit in time. I apologize.

Thank you again.

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mistyhorizon2003 19 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

So pleased you enjoyed this Rayne123. No Linda has not been canonised although she probably should be. I believe plenty of people witnessed Linda's miracles whilst she was alive including my parents with the singer they had booked for their summer cabaret show who developed a throat problem that would have meant he could not sing for an undetermined amount of time. Linda cured him and he was able to go on stage and sing immediately even though doctors had suggested he would not be able to sing and should not for several weeks.

So sad that she died so young, but one thing is for sure, in her short time on earth she healed a great deal of people and will never be forgotten.

Rayne123 19 months ago

Oh I know, sorry I worded it wrong. I meant to say is there anyone still being healed by her today. By her clothes, that you know of. It would make another great follow up book.

I for one would just love to visit the place she was born.

Sorry again for misunderstanding.



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mistyhorizon2003 19 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

No worries Laurie. I can't really answer that as apart from the one dress that remains in the museum all of Lindas clothing was given out to people who needed it to heal others or be healed. I met one person some months back who still had a small piece of one of her dresses, but the other pieces may well have been lost or disintegrated over time and use. Many were passed from person to person so who knows where they are now.

Rayne123 19 months ago

K thank you. No biggie really, was just curious.

Thanks again for great hub.

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mistyhorizon2003 19 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

You are welcome Laurie, pleased you enjoyed it. Thanks for your comments too.

john 8 months ago

linda blankets were passed down from eileen to her other daughter kay who no longer is with us. so myself & my daughter continue the good work that Eileen & kay carried out. sending piece of cloth.

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mistyhorizon2003 8 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

That is lovely to hear John. How can people get hold of you if they need a piece of Linda's cloth?

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