Woman With Flesh-Eating Disease Remains Critical

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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UPDATE: Friday, May 11, 2012

Doctors say a young woman fighting a flesh-decaying bacteria she contracted after a zip line accident remains in critical condition.

Officials said Friday that 24-year-old Aimee Copeland was listed in critical condition at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital. The hospital is in Augusta, Ga.

Family members have said she will lose her hands and remaining foot to the infection. But her father also said Thursday that his daughter is improving, and that she has been coherent and alert.

Copeland cut her leg after falling from a homemade zip line May 1.

The University of West Georgia graduate psychology student was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, an infection that destroys human tissue. She lost most of her right leg to the infection.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Doctors say a woman fighting a flesh-decaying bacteria she contracted after a zip line accident will lose her hands and remaining foot to the infection.

But Aimee Copeland's father says the 24-year-old college student is improving.

Andy Copeland said on Thursday his daughter is "coherent and alert." Doctors treating her at an Augusta hospital say there is no indication of any brain damage and her lungs are slowly healing, but her hands and remaining foot will have to be amputated.

Copeland cut her leg after falling from a homemade zip line May 1.

The University of West Georgia graduate psychology student was diagnosed Friday with necrotizing faciitis, a bacteria that destroys human tissue. She lost most of her right leg to the infection.


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