Family releases photo of a recovering Aimee Copeland
Necrotizing fasciitis patient Aimee Copeland goes outside Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Georgia, for the first time, accompanied by her parents, Andy and Donna Copeland.
June 26th, 2012
09:24 PM ET

Family releases photo of a recovering Aimee Copeland

Aimee Copeland, the young Georgia woman who has been battling a flesh-destroying bacterial infection, got to go outside Sunday for the first time in seven weeks, her family reported. The family released a photo showing Copeland and her parents on the hospital grounds.

"Aimee has a beauty in this photograph that I think goes beyond words," Andy Copeland, her father, told ABC's "Good Morning America." "It's a beauty of survival, of resilience."

Copeland has lost her hands, one leg and both feet to necrotizing fasciitis, which followed her fall into a creek in a zip-line accident May 1. Nevertheless, Andy Copeland says she feels optimistic and "blessed to be different."

Her father wrote on his blog that being outside Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Georgia, was "the best therapy she has had in weeks."

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  1. clarke

    God Bless you and your family. You are amazing and as time goes on you will become more amazing. You remain in my prayers.

    June 27, 2012 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
    • serdich

      right ...put in your prayer god to give back the leg, feet and hands...he is almighty, he created Universe...he can do it for a second...but I guess you dont believe thats possible either..

      June 27, 2012 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. Fifric Atumbe

    Since her accident, approximately 50 others in the U.S. have contracted necrotizing fasciitis. Why is CNN ignoring them and featuring her?

    June 27, 2012 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
    • monah

      Because her father is making sure she is in the news.

      June 27, 2012 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. pjc722

    Firfric Atumble, there is no possible way to give coverage to well over 50 individuals and give the attention needed to broadcast not only the necessity of being aware of this disease but also to give encouragement to those who are seeing the same type of consequences to the disease as this young woman is experiencing.

    I give her kudos and her family for hitting this disease head on and with the spirit of survival because it not only shows the love for life, for living and the support of family and friends, as well as strangers, to give all of us a sign that with lemons you make lemonade and with sadness and struggle you can somehow muster up the courage to fight, smile and laugh!

    I wish you all the luck in the world, Aimee. I will definitely watch your story when you will eventually be well enough, strong enough and comfortable enough to tell the world, along with your family and friends, what type of experience this has been and how you really made it through it all.

    You are an inspiration!

    June 27, 2012 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Melanie

      Very nicely put.

      June 27, 2012 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. doubledees

    She sure has willpower and faith. I wish her well. She's in for one hellofa battle.

    June 27, 2012 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  5. WASP

    i'm very happy for her and her family. 20 years ago this may have been a death sentence, but thankfully medicine has progressed to be able to treat a number of illnesses that before were through incurible. best wishes for her and her family as they adjust to this change in life.

    June 27, 2012 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. serdich

    god bless ?? seriously ...

    June 27, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
    • psych3088

      Why do people get so angry when someone mentions God in regard to a story featured? Its not your God. Why mock it? all the mocking and bitterness indicates is anger...toward something you don't believe is there? That makes no sense at all.

      June 27, 2012 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Tek

      Yeah seriously.... Just becuase you and I may agree on the opinion of God, that does not mean you should comdemn people for saying a prayer or blessing for someone that has gone through a rough ordeal. Grow up Serdich, most of the world believes in a higher power.

      June 27, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. WinAgain

    Aimee, I am praying for you and your family. You are amazing and beyond inspirational. Though there are challenges ahead for you and your family, I am sure you will conquer them all. Life is precious. Live it to the fullest as best you can everyday. God speed !!!!

    June 27, 2012 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. Marci

    Best Wishes to Aimee and her family. You are an inspriration to many!

    June 27, 2012 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. Crazyace

    Basically, what serdich is saying: It's pointless to say "god bless" "I'll pray for you" ect, because god's not real.; So with that said I see his/her point very clearly. Saying things like "I hope" "I wish" are much better.

    June 27, 2012 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Melanie

      I agree with you 100%.

      June 27, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. james

    pjc722 – actually Aimee is the one featured most about this disease because she is a pretty young white woman who has suffered through a very very bad case of this disease.

    June 27, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. PrazeGd

    CrazyAce, Melanie and Serdich must be young democrat atheists, just what we don't need more of. I also pray God grants this sweet girl and her family what she'll need to get through this and I will pray for you, too.

    June 27, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. Cindy

    God Bless you Aimee! You are an inspiration to all. Keep up your great spirits. How blessed your parents are to have you in their lives. Blessing to you and your family!

    June 27, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  13. Amy

    god bless her and her family & the 50 others who have to battle this.

    June 27, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  14. ruth

    I agree that it really isn't necessary to say "God bless" because clearly He already has. God's blessing does not equal picture-perfect life with all ten fingers and toes. a person who is thankful and has a cheerful spirit even in times of tribulation is one who has truly been blessed by God. She and her family are obviously an example of that.

    June 27, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jax North

    My brother was in that hospital several years ago before he passed away. There's some fine folks taking care of patients there. Bless you and your family Aimee. You are a strong woman.

    June 27, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
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