[Updated at 3:57 p.m. ET] A University of West Georgia graduate psychology student is fighting for her life with flesh-eating bacteria after falling off a homemade zip line and cutting her leg, CNN affiliates WSB report and WXIA report.
Aimee Copeland, 24, fell off a homemade zip line near a friend’s home in Carroll County, Georgia, on May 1. Doctors at a hospital in Augusta were forced to amputate most of her right leg on Friday after the bacteria destroyed her leg muscles and moved into other parts of her body. She stopped breathing and at one point and had to be resuscitated, her father, Andy Copeland, told WSB.
On Thursday, Andy Copeland told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that her hands and her remaining foot also will have to be amputated.
But he said she was showing improvement at a hospital in Augusta and was "extremely responsive, coherent and alert" on Thursday, the AJC reported.
The AJC reported that Copeland contracted Aeromonas hydrophila in the deep gash in her leg after the zip line broke.
my friend from high school lost his arm to flesh eating bacteria. And last summer a child lost their foot from a spider bite after being bitten at the city swim meet.
How sad and awful. And what a long journey it usually turns out to be to cope when something like that happens. Hopefully in those cases you mentioned there are people who love them and who will giving them unwavering support along the way.
This is very sad and actually a bit frightening that initially the doctors didn't recognize what was going on with and treat her accordingly. How sad she's lost her leg, but I pray she doesn't lose her life over it. Godspeed, Aimee.
I thought this article was going to give me information about some new threat that people needed to start watching out for. I thought maybe it was a triumphant story of survival. Nope, it was just the media sensationalizing some family's pain because it makes for such a shocking headline. Best to the family. Shame on the media.
Just wondering after reading a couple of stories about this tragically sad event. Why wasn't she prescribed antibiotics in the first place? With this kind of a wound? I am not a doctor, but just seems strange to me. My heart goes out to her family and friends. God Bless
In all likelihood, she WAS given antibiotics. Most strains like this are extremely drug-resistant.
My comment on how to cure it got deleted by CNN. Does the AMA own CNN?
Maybe she should pray. That is supposed to work.
There is a type: second paragraph, line 4 " She stopped breathing and one" should read, at one.
Tragic. Praying she pulls through.
What awesome work of God this is. So greatful she will be going home to the Father soon. How wonderful He is on all that He does.
Going home means she will go to her house and sleep in her own bed. Your going home means she will die, that's not wonderful.
Whomever "WoW" is, you're a sick freak.
My good friend Bob got cut in a pool, then he had all of his limbs cut off.
My good friend Matt got cut on a wood deck, then he had all of his limbs cut off. Now he just lays around.
My good friend Art got cut on a wall nail, then he had all of his limbs cut off. Now he just hangs around.
My good friend Doug, got dirt in his nose, he died. Now he's in a big hole in the ground.
GOD will solve this. He/she solves EVERYTHING. Do nothing. GOD will assist.
Aimee is fighting for her life and "Kendra" is correcting typos.
Fight for life... fighting for her life is redundant...
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