May 10th, 2012
07:22 AM ET

Student fights flesh-eating bacteria after zip line fall

[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.

Filed under: Georgia • Health
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  1. Corleone

    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.

    May 10, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leigh2

      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.

      May 10, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Leigh2

    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.

    May 10, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. xeno

    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.

    May 10, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • SBrunner

      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

      May 10, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • lynne

      In all likelihood, she WAS given antibiotics. Most strains like this are extremely drug-resistant.

      May 10, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. unowhoitsme

    My comment on how to cure it got deleted by CNN. Does the AMA own CNN?

    May 10, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. brad

    Maybe she should pray. That is supposed to work.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kendra

    There is a type: second paragraph, line 4 " She stopped breathing and one" should read, at one.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John

    Tragic. Praying she pulls through.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Wow

    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.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Highland

      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.

      May 10, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ummm

    Whomever "WoW" is, you're a sick freak.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. TrueStory

    My good friend Bob got cut in a pool, then he had all of his limbs cut off.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TrueStory

    My good friend Matt got cut on a wood deck, then he had all of his limbs cut off. Now he just lays around.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TrueStory

    My good friend Art got cut on a wall nail, then he had all of his limbs cut off. Now he just hangs around.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. TrueStory

    My good friend Doug, got dirt in his nose, he died. Now he's in a big hole in the ground.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TrustGOD

    GOD will solve this. He/she solves EVERYTHING. Do nothing. GOD will assist.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Amellia

    Aimee is fighting for her life and "Kendra" is correcting typos.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kendra

      Fight for life... fighting for her life is redundant...

      May 10, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
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