Aimee Copeland Likely to Survive Flesh-Eating Bacteria Battle

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The father of flesh-eating bacteria victim Aimee Copeland says a "miracle" is behind the progress his 24-year-old daughter is making in recent days.

His latest update in a blog post Saturday said that, while the necrotizing fasciitis infection forced on several amputations, Aimee's life may be spared.

Andy Copeland has provided blog updates daily since his daughter (below, left) contracted the disease after a homemade zip line accident on May 1.

The rare infection brought her within inches of losing her life.


She is in critical condition in the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Ga. However, doctors believe they can save the palms of her hands.

In doing so, she will have the muscle strength to use prosthetic devices.

"The miracle continues," her dad writes. "The words I hear from the medical professionals to describe Aimee's continued recovery are: astonishing, incredible, confounding, mind boggling and unbelievable. All those are fitting words."

"My favorite word is miracle."

While the flesh-eating bacteria have robbed Aimee Copeland of several limbs, the necrotizing fasciitis left enough of her palms to offer some hope.

One of the challenges her father faces is telling the zip line accident victim the extent of her injuries when she awakens from a semi-conscious state.

"She will discover that her hands lack the dexterity and tactile response she has known all her life. How would you respond in such a situation? I think that moment will be one of horror and depression for Aimee," he wrote.

For now, the family waits for the day their daughter can at least breathe without a respirator. As Mr. Copeland said on CNN Sunday, "I have every confidence that Aimee will be able to overcome this."

They call it Aimee Day, a holiday the family will never forget.


@RobbieB What is she gonna do when she locates me? Wave her stumps around like she just don't care? She will have some sick games of mumble peg in her future!


This is what we get for years of over use of antibiotics and it is going to be common place soon. Simple
Mosquito bites turning into draining abcesses. I saw more methicillin resistant staph aureus in my last year
Of practicing pediatrics than in all the 28 previous years. When every simple viral infection gets treated with an
Antibiotic you over time will select out the bacteria that -are resistant to that antibiotic and it's usefulness
When really needed become less and less


God is the healer of all! And Jesus said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering."-Mark 5:34 May God bless u and have mercy upon u Aimee Copeland


Hey, HAHAHAHA... You think Karma was a bi**h for this kid, wait until she locates your sorry a$$. I would just hope that I find you first.


@GUEST Indeed, I've thought from the start that this girl looked and sounded like your typical shallow, spoiled, and stupid American girl. Karma says I'll take your limbs for being such an uncaring bitch, while 75% of the world's population barely scrapes by each day as you are swimming in tranquility. HA I say!! Heres some KARMA bacteria for you BEYOTCH!


Amberzma you are so right. These fools that put such evil, mean, disgusting remarks will have them come back to haunt them.During their life time they will have tragedy strike them or someone close to them. No one is immune from that. When it comes home to them I hope they remember how they left such evil remarks and will know how it feels. If they have no compassion for others and it is evident they do not they are breathing air they don't deserve to have.Now those who made or will make evil remarks go laugh somewhere and continue laughing until it comes home to haunt you. And it will.


You are all ridiculously disrepectful and only degrade yourself. This poor girl was out for an afternoon of adventure and almost lost her life in the process. She is very beautiful and I pray for her that she continues to do well and beat the odds. I also pray for her mental well being and self esteem once she finds out she no longer has a leg or any fingers!!! This was a tragic accident made worse by the idiot and negligent doctors who put 22 staples in her leg without giving her antibiotics and after days of her returning to them to complain about pain continued to not give her the correct medication. By the time they figured out what was wrong they had no choice but to remove her leg in hopes of saving her life! I certainly hope she doesn't read any of the crap you all have written. Put yourself in her shoes how would you feel reading what you wrote???


@makinglovetoanamputee Spot on. I mean the bjs would prolly rock, as I always gotta tell beyotches to stop using their hands, throat it girl!


You're stupid, asshole


I'm not sure I could bring myself to making love to her after all that cutting off of parts. Maybe if the boobs were intact I would play with those.