Student With Flesh-Eating Disease Will Lose Fingers

Aimee Copeland, Georgia students who contracted a rare flesh eating disease after injury zip line will lose his fingers.

"Aimee will suffer the loss of his fingers, but doctors hope to bring life in the palm of his hand, allowing him to control muscles using a prosthetic aid. They are waiting for safe operation prior to the beginning for, "said the post at the University of West Georgia Psychology website.

Copeland, 24 year old graduate school student, has lost his left leg and may also lose the left leg, according to his family. Although associated with a ventilator and dumb, family Copeland says he showed signs of recovery.

"Aimee seems to have normal brain function now, which is something I celebrate because our Aimee has a very compassionate heart and mind of extraordinary intelligence," says Copeland's father, Andy Copeland .

Copeland Aimee riding a homemade zip line near the Little Tallapoosa River on May 1 when the line snapped, causing the weight to cut open his left calf.

Doctors at a nearby hospital and cleaning the wound was closed with 22 staples, but the bacteria that burrowed deep into the wound caused by necrotizing fasciitis, a rare but deadly infection that claimed his leg a week ago.

Copeland's family said she was united and nod and shake his head, signaling he is used to select the Grateful Dead while Rolling Stone Thursday, according to his sister Paige.

"I just told him if he keeps improving like this he will get here in no time," says Paige Copeland.

It is unclear how many tests Copeland recalled.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, he has a mouth, "What happened?" And "Where am I?" The family has started to provide answers, but does not say that he lost his leg , AJC reported.

The bacteria triggered by infection, Aeromonas hydrophila, thrives in a warm climate and fresh water, like river where Copeland is the zip lining with friends. But experts say that the common germs eat meat rarely cause disease.

"It's a perfect storm," says ABC News chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser. "He was wounded in his leg, he was exposed to water and then have the germ, and he was one of those who know where the germs go alone."

Although infection is rare, it is extremely dangerous. The mortality rate associated with necrotizing fasciitis Aeromonas were up 60 percent, according to a report in 2010 where it was published in the journal Clinical Microbiology Reviews.

After his leg amputated, was flown to the Joseph M.- Yet Burning Copeland Center in Augusta, Ga.., Which is the recovery and the relationship go. Tuesday, a week after the accident, her heart beat stopped, to force doctors to resuscitate him.

Students and faculty at the University of West Georgia, where Copeland was completing a master degree in psychology, gathered for the vigil on Thursday night.

"Despite the fact that the medical evidence to say he should die, he is not," said Chris Aanstoos, a professor of psychology, WSB-TV. "I think that is why it is so important to many people to see how amazing is really him."


  1. you just never know what's lurking around, even in fresh water. glad she's improving and she sounds like a strong person who should physically and mentally recover. prayers to her and her family...