The Georgia student may not lose as many appendages as doctors originally predicted.
There’s finally some potentially good news on the horizon for Georgia student Aimee Copeland, 24, who has been fighting a flesh-eating infection after injuring herself on a homemade zip line May 1. In a new blog post, Aimee’s dad Andy Copeland says doctors “may be able to save more of [Amy’s] extensions than they originally thought. That is why they are taking that part of Aimee’s recovery very slow.”
The doctors’ original plan was to remove all of Aimee’s fingers, along with her remaining foot. Andy says his daughter’s recovery thus far has been a “miracle.”
Aimee remains in critical condition at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Ga., where she has already had her left leg and tissue from her abdomen removed to help fight off the infection.
Andy is excited for his daughter to gain consciousness, but also fearful of how she will react to her new life.
“She will discover that her hands lack the dexterity and tactile response she has known all her life,” Andy writes. “How would you respond in such a situation? I think that moment will be one of horror and depression for Aimee.”
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