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Linda Martel: The Little Girl With the Gift of Healing


Who Was Linda Martel?

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 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 21st, 1956, she sadly only lived until October 20th, 1961. During that time, she became a legend for being wise beyond her years, and for the sheer number of healing miracles she performed during her short life.

Early Prognoses

Linda Martel was born with hydrocephalus (water on the brain), spina bifida, and was a paraplegic. Doctors gave Linda only months to live. She outlived their estimations and survived past the age of five.

The doctor in charge of Linda's case was named Dr. Webber. He warned Linda's father that she would most likely go blind and that her head would swell to huge proportions. Sadly, there was no medical remedy that could help, because 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: He heard the sound of wind, and the room 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 learned that Linda was alright.

An Experimental Hydrocephalus Treatment

Linda survived to see her first birthday, and Matron Bones arranged for a celebratory birthday cake. 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 hoping that the estimated £2,000 (about £48,000 or $61,000 when adjusted for inflation) required to send Linda to see him could be raised. Luckily, this proved unnecessary: Sptiz wrote back to say that an English surgeon by the name of Peter Rickham had been studying the treatment in the US and was now back in England.

Going Through With the Surgery

Mr. Rickman readily agreed to see Linda, but due to the costs of the necessary valves 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. He performed the operation, and Linda was back in the Guernsey hospital within a matter of days (now aged just 17 months).

Linda Goes Home

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 because she was in no imminent danger of dying.

Linda's Healing, "the Lady," and Jesus

It was after Linda's arrival home that her family noticed Linda possessed the ability to not only "see" illness and pains that people were suffering from—but she 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 Heaven."

What is worth mentioning here is that Linda's parents did not attempt to indoctrinate Linda into a denomination or variation of any organised religion. They simply practiced one main commandment: love thy neighbour.

She Seemed to Have Uncanny Wisdom

The deep, meaningful statements made by Linda on the topic of religion were therefore not a result of any brainwashing. As her father 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 feared 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."

As Roy 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.

Right Before Her Death

When she was 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 parents, who were rightly concerned, 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.

Instances of Linda Martel's Alleged Healing Powers

The cases of Linda's clothing curing people are many—too many to list in one article to be honest. I'll enumerate a few.

Her Doctor's Words

Dr. Webber's words proved of particular interest:

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.

Strangers Asking for Her Clothing

It was whilst in his cafe that 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, told him that he had placed the cloth inside his vest in order to help his asthma, and said that now his breathing was 100%. This was just the start, however.

Healing Her Brother's Eye

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. Within five minutes of applying the cloth to Peter's eye, the swelling, pain and bloodshot appearance had vanished. 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. Roy distinctly remembers an occasion where Eileen was ironing, and Linda 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 his 1968 book titled The Legend of Linda Martel: "She knew where the pain or the ailment was situated." Roy Martel assures that this is not a fantasy. It may be unbelievable, but nevertheless, it is a fact.

Mrs. Morris's Daughter

One night, Roy Martel answered their front door and found a gentleman standing there. The stranger asked them if they knew a Mrs. Morris, who was a lady that Eileen 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 walk. By the third day after the material was applied to the affected area, the child was walking again.

A Dying Baby

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. Even the lad's doctor says it was a miracle.

The "Water on the Knee" Chap

Then there is the chap with "water on the knee" who had been told he needed an operation, but 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.

Mr. Staples

There was a one Mr. Staples who had a spinal injury that required an uncomfortable steel corset to be worn constantly. He placed a piece of Linda's clothing in his jacket near his injury. For three days, he endured a blinding headache that medicine 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 as a roofer.

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 that he would never work again, and he would be bedridden for at least three months. Then Mr. Staples remembered he still had Linda's material in his wallet. Within three weeks, he was weeding in his garden and had returned his business.

Linda's Own Father

Roy went through a phase of getting frequent migraines—to the point where he almost suspected that he had a brain tumor. It was on one of these occasions that 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.

The Girl With Crutches

A girl of 13 asked for help getting a piece of Linda's material sent 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."

Victor Soverall

On 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 who had booked him to perform). Soverall was overcome with throat trouble and told to rest his voice for several weeks, even though he was under contract at the time. A visit with Linda Martel was arranged by Roy's cousin Flo Bates who was a great fan of Soverall's singing. Linda 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.

The Race Car Driver

A man in a race car accident had received all the conventional treatment available for his back injury without success. He went to see Linda. He was doubled up like a cripple. When he entered the house, Eileen came over to him with Linda in her arms. 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 Martel Family Never Sought a Profit

No profit has ever been taken by Linda's family for the scraps of clothing that 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."

People Started Visiting Linda's Grave

One thing is for certain: Linda's name lives on, and many visitors come to her grave even now. Her grave was miraculously spared by a landslide in the cemetery that dragged approximately 150 graves into a nearby quarry. Somehow Linda's grave remained undisturbed though, as if by some divine intervention. Here are a few stories of those who have visited her grave.

The Man on TV

Soon cases arose of people with ailments visiting Linda's grave and coming away cured (or being cured shortly thereafter). Shortly after Charles Graves published his book, Mr. Graves phoned Roy to tell him that a gentleman was being featured on Channel Television's news. The man had been told that he only had six months to live because of an advanced growth in his throat. The man visited Linda's grave. He was re-examined after visiting the grave, and the growth had vanished.

The Hotelier

A local hotelier took some of his visitors to Linda's grave in order for them to take pictures. The hotelier was due to get cysts removed from his eye. While 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?" The doctor had no answer.

Roy Dodd

Roy Dodd, who worked at De Putron's paint counter, had been suffering from severe headaches. He 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 because Guernsey surgeons were very capable.

Anyway, Dodd needed a mastoid removal and a nose blockage dealt with. Tom then said, "Why don't you try a piece of Linda's dress?" "I don't believe in that bloody nonsense," said Dood. 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, Dodd stopped, thought about it, and then agreed that he had everything to gain and nothing to lose; he accepted a piece of cloth.

Having attached it to his complaint, he retired to bed. The next morning, Dodd attended work, and Tom (Mr. Ramsden) asked if anything had happened. "No," said Dodd, "and I don't expect anything to, that's for sure." About 11:00 a.m. the following Monday, Dodd turned up for work late. He was white as a sheet and had a piece of cotton wool protruding from his ear. After begging a cigarette from Roy Martel (Linda's father), Dodd went on to say:

"I never want that to happen to me again. I woke up at about 2:00 a.m. 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 down his nose. To the best of Roy Martel's knowledge, Dodd never went to Winchester or back to a doctor.

The Guernsey Lighthouse

The Guernsey Lighthouse

Linda Could Spot Ailments in Photographs

Linda had another amazing gift: she could detect illness from photographs sent to her parents from people abroad. Bearing in mind that 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 said that 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).

Her father donated one of her dresses to the Guernsey Museum, hoping that the dress might heal those who looked at it. The material itself might be or have been an intermediary of some unknown force.


Research Sources Used

  • Linda Martel - Little Healerby Bob Bloomfield. 1990.
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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


Mary Jane on August 21, 2020:

Hello. Does anybody know what guernsey museum has a dress of Linda's? Or if its still on display? Thanks

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 29, 2018:

Great info Evie, thank you :)

Evie on October 29, 2018:

It turns out Linda was my best friends great-auntie(her dads auntie)

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 05, 2018:

Absolutely Louisa

Louisa on October 04, 2018:

Its a natural gift that came to her

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on July 29, 2018:

You will love them Janine :)

Janine on July 29, 2018:

Found all three books through world cat at the library. Can't wait to read them. Thanks

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on July 28, 2018:

Sadly I don’t Janine, but the books tell the full story if you can find a copy (and they do pop up online occasionally).

I think the aversion to churches may have come from how the intended message has been distorted over the centuries by man and the church for their own ends!

Janine on July 28, 2018:

Does anyone know more of the spiritual side of the story. Like why the aversion to churches. Or any more conversation regarding Jesus and Our Lady. Having trouble finding any copy of any book but will continue search. Thank you

Claire on October 15, 2017:

Do you still have the book Mrs mckenzie?

rosie on October 15, 2017:

mrs McKenzie, how much are you selling it for please

Mrs Mckenzie on September 17, 2017:

I have The legend of Linda Martel as told by Charles Graves I was very good friends with her sister kay the book I have was 7/6 I want to sell it if anybody is interested could they message me please

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on February 09, 2016:

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

john on February 08, 2016:

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.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on March 13, 2015:

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

Rayne123 on March 13, 2015:

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

Thanks again for great hub.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on March 13, 2015:

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 on March 13, 2015:

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.



Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on March 13, 2015:

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 on March 13, 2015:

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.

Rayne123 on March 13, 2015:

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.


Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on November 20, 2014:

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.

Cathy on November 20, 2014:

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.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on November 20, 2014:

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 on November 20, 2014:

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.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on April 14, 2014:

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

Amolchandra Kulkarni. on April 14, 2014:

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.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on April 13, 2014:

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.

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on April 13, 2014:

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.

skye2day from Rocky Mountains on April 13, 2014:

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

voted and shared

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on July 09, 2013:

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.

Vickiw on July 09, 2013:

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!

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on March 08, 2013:

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

Graham Lee from Lancashire. England. on March 07, 2013:

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.


Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on November 06, 2012:

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.

Iona McCubbin on November 06, 2012:

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.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on August 29, 2011:

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.

believer on August 26, 2011:

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.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on August 04, 2011:

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.

Enlightenment on August 04, 2011:

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.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on July 28, 2011:

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 on July 28, 2011:

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.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on January 07, 2011:

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.

hadassah israel on January 07, 2011:

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.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on November 02, 2010:

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.

Enlightenment on November 02, 2010:

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...

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 31, 2010:

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 on October 31, 2010:

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..

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on September 29, 2010:

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.

Sweetsusieg from Michigan on September 28, 2010:

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!

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on September 15, 2010:

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

Bernie coutu on September 15, 2010:

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

Bernie coutu on September 15, 2010:

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

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on September 13, 2010:

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.

ffredsmum on September 13, 2010:

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.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on June 28, 2010:

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"

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on June 27, 2010:

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.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on April 21, 2010:

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

kimberlyslyrics on April 21, 2010:

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



Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on April 07, 2010:

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.

PJ_Deneen on April 07, 2010:

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.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on March 19, 2010:

Thanks AARON99, delighted you enjoyed it.

AARON99 on March 19, 2010:

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

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on March 18, 2010:

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

Tony McGregor from South Africa on March 12, 2010:

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

Love and peace


Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on March 01, 2010:

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

Sage Williams on February 28, 2010:

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.


Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on February 27, 2010:

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!

Nell Rose from England on February 27, 2010:

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

Ann Nonymous from Virginia on February 27, 2010:

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

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on February 27, 2010:

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 :)

sabrebIade from Pennsylvania on February 26, 2010:

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

shazwellyn on February 26, 2010:

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

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on February 26, 2010:

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.

Barbara Bethard from Tucson, Az on February 25, 2010:

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!!

H P Roychoudhury from Guwahati, India on February 25, 2010:

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

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on February 25, 2010:

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 :)

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on February 25, 2010:

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'!

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on February 25, 2010:

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 :)

Mia from North Carolina on February 25, 2010:

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

Suiiki from City of the Newly Wed and Nearly Dead on February 25, 2010:

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. ^_^

fishtiger58 from Momence, Illinois on February 25, 2010:

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

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on February 25, 2010:

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

Andrew from Italy on February 25, 2010:

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

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on February 24, 2010:

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.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on February 24, 2010:

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. :) :)

VioletSun from Oregon/ Name: Marie on February 24, 2010:

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!

sheila b. on February 24, 2010:

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

Paradise7 from Upstate New York on February 24, 2010:

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.

quietnessandtrust on February 24, 2010:

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) =)