Georgia College Student With Flesh-Eating Disease Loses Hands But Improving

Tue, May 22, 2012 5:24pm EDT by 5 Comments
Aimee Copeland Flesh Eating Bacteria

Aimee Copeland, the woman hospitalized with a flesh-eating disease, is now able to breathe on her own! Great news.

When Aimee Copeland went zip-lining with her friends in Carrollton, Ga., she never thought she’d end up fighting for her life due to a flesh-eating bacteria. The 24-year-old old blonde has already lost her leg and both her hands due to the disease, and until recently, she’d been breathing with the aid of a ventilator.

Fortunately, Amy turned a corner and is now focused on breathing on her own, which will help her lungs recover, her father Andy Copeland told The Associated Press on May 21. Even though her hands needed to be amputated last week because they had turned into purple “poison bags,” Andy says Aimee has maintained her positive outlook and even joked about braiding her own hair.

“She’s cracking jokes, speaking frankly, displaying her usual early morning grumpiness and she has been off of the ventilator for over 10 hours,” Andy wrote on his blog May 20.

With her family and friends gathered by her bedside, Aimee mouthed the words “the power of love is undeniable.”

We truly hope this brave young lady makes a speedy recovery.

Jennifer Kamm

More Aimee Copeland News

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  3. Aimee Copeland’s Father Cites ‘Miracle’ Recovery As She Fights Off Flesh-Eating Infection