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Aimee Copeland Released from Hospital, Begins Physical Therapy

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Aimee Copeland, the 24 year-old college student who contracted necrotizing fasciitis following an accident on a homemade zip line, has finally been released from the hospital after months of treatment. However, according to her father, Copeland isn’t headed for home just yet. Instead, she’s scheduled to spend several weeks at a rehabilitation facility, where she will learn how to navigate the world in a wheelchair.

Copeland, who spent two-month fighting for her life at Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Georgia, lost her left leg, right foot, and both hands after contracting the deadly disease. However, despite these loses, Copeland remains positive about her life, especially after doctors originally predicted a grim outcome for the twenty year-old.

Although Copeland has struggled to stay alive over the past few months, there’s still quite a bit of hard work ahead. “The first step is to provide patients with self independence. Right now, someone has to feed her, help her with hygiene, turn on lights, open doors. But some simple devices can help her do these things herself,” Dr. Alberto Esquenazi, chief medical officer of MossRehab in Philadelphia, explained to ABC News.

The ultimate goal of this strenuous rehabilitation is to prepare Copeland’s body for prosthetics. According to Esquenazi, her skin should heal enough over the next few weeks for doctors to take the next step. Her father, Andy Copeland, believes that his daughter is up for the challenge, which will also include graduating from the University of West Georgia this year.

“And she feels the challenge will create a tremendous opportunity not just for her to learn more and to gain more from this but to learn more that she can use to help others along the way,” he said to Good Morning America.

Aimee Copeland Released from Hospital, Begins Physical Therapy


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  • barbara

    AIMEE COPELAND, I LEARNED THAT YOU GOT FLESH=EATING DISEASE KILLED YOU TO LOSE YOUR LEG, FOOT AND BOTH HANDS. I SEE HOW HAPPENED TO YOU I WISH YOU NEVER GO THERE BUT I UNDERSTAND IT IS YOUR FUN TIME BUT YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT THE WATER WENT MESSED CAUSE THE STORMS OR THE PEOPLE USE BATHROOM OR STOOLS URINE INTO THE RIVER TO BECOME DIRT OR THREW LEFT OVER FOODS TO BECOME MIX-UP AND UNCLEAN . I AM GLAD THAT I SEE YOU. I AM VERY APOLOGIZES ABOUT YOUR LOSE AND I HOPE ONE DAY THEY WILL PUT YOU TO TAKE LIMP LEG AND HANDS TO HELP CONTROLING. GOD LOVES YOU AND BLESS.

    • Grammer

      @barbara, what did you just say?

      • jack

        Grammer..I think Barbara may be sympathetic to Aimee’s plight, and suspicious of possible water pollution. I think she sends her best wishes.

        • Alejandro

          Or maybe English isn’t her first language. I would agree that it sounds like she is expressing her concern and sharing her best wishes.

  • GrammAr

    Hey Grammer….the correct spelling is Grammar. Obviously, English is not Barbara’s first language, but I believe she was expressing her sympathy.

  • ikihi

    that’s good she survived. now if she can get fake limbs put back on she would be able to use her hands and walk again.

  • Sipzz Pourner

    Thank Gahd. Thank…GAHD. The fact that she’s alive is one of the most inspirational stories -ever-. Not to push the commercial too much, but I also think her story’s deserving of a TV movie, too. :-)

    • Jean

      Uh…why??? What’s so inspirational about it? She got hurt, and by some horrible stroke of bad luck she picked up this bacteria, and by the skill of her doctors she managed to survive, which I for one am not sure is such a good thing. How is that inspirational? Maybe it will be TV movie-worthy if she goes on to finish school, cure flesh-eating bacterial disease and win the Nobel Peace Prize, but right now all she’s doing is being taken care of.

  • Davis

    How is she going to wipe her behind? Her butt is going to become HUGE!

    • Jennifer

      Really, thats all you can think of?

  • Steve

    I hope she isn’t a Democrat. How is she going to hold her hand out?

    • KathiBarringer

      You could be a little sympathetic.

  • DJ

    I think most of these comments are uncalled for. Have you people no compassion. Her story IS inspirational in that she fought and won a struggle that most people do not survive. As for the comment about wiping her butt, how sick can you be. My husband was born with no hands and one above the knee and one below knee extremity yet he can do anything any of you can do. If your mind is so filled with hate and negativity maybe you should consider keeping it to yourself. Jean, I assume that you have all your extremities, what world class contribution have you made? Get a life and learn a little kindness.

    • erd

      Well said. This young woman’s livelihood was taken from her in such a tragic way. Hopefully she keeps a positive attitude amidst all the negative comments that more fortunate people seem to find the need to say.

  • Anya

    I’m always stunned when people respond to a sad story with unkind commentary and a lack of compassion. Even worse are the people who make inane comments, demonstrating that they have no real understanding of what this girl (or likely anyone else) is going through. It’s narcissism, and it means you are sick and need help. So, those of you out there who practice this kind of thing…the world would be better off without you. Go AWAY!

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