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Aimee Copeland will lose fingers to bacterial infection

Sunday, May 13, 2012 4:38 PM
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Aimee Copeland will lose her fingers, but doctors are trying to save her palms, according to her father’s updates posted on a University of West Georgia Web site.

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Aimee Copeland

The graduate student is battling necrotizing fasciitis, which already has claimed her left leg, stemming from a zip line accident on May 1. Doctors originally said she would likely lose both hands and her other foot.

In a Saturday evening post, Copeland said his daughter will lose her fingers, “however physicians have hope of bringing life back to the palms of her hands, which could allow her the muscle control to use helpful prosthetics. They are awaiting a safe time before embarking on surgery for this.”

He also announced he will discontinue the daily updates of her physical condition.

She remains in critical condition Sunday at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

In an update on Facebook from on Saturday morning, Andy Copeland announced he will celebrate “Aimee Day” when her oxygen level gets down to a normal level of 21 percent and her ventilator can be removed. As of around 11 a.m. Sunday, he said she was at 33 percent.

In Sunday’s update Copeland said his daughter is “awake, alert and wanting to be rid of that blasted ventilator,” which he likened to “having to suck air through a straw for days on end.”

He said she was asking some of the same questions she had before because of the medication she is on.

“This is good for her, but mildly frustrating for us,” he said. “It frustrates me because I want her to be able to focus on what she can control, not on things she cannot control. I tell her not to worry, I tell her to concentrate on breathing, I ask her to pray and meditate on healing. I hold her and pray while she prays. This is all we can do now and I can honestly say it works quite well. I believe this has helped speed her healing process.”

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TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 05/13/12 - 04:48 pm
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Aimee

May the Good Lord have mercy on this young lady and hear her and her family's prayers and let her heal without having to do any more surgeries!

star
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star 05/13/12 - 05:22 pm
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Pray

Pray for this family and their child - this is the most we can do for them;be thankful for what you have and when you think your burden is too big think about this family and thank God for every second of every day that you are not faced with this tragedy

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 05/13/12 - 05:56 pm
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Aimee

'Star' you said it best!!

freespeach
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freespeach 05/13/12 - 07:07 pm
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Amen
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Amen

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 05/13/12 - 07:10 pm
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Star, may I also suggest

Star, may I also suggest donating blood, not necessarily FOR her, but for people like her...those in desperate need of the very thing that can help them to maintain life. It doesn't take long at all, and the slight bit of discomfort you MIGHT feel will be offset by the great feeling of helping your fellow man.
C'mon Aimee!!...Fight, fight, fight!!

OhWell
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OhWell 05/13/12 - 07:16 pm
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Aimee fight, I was in the

Aimee fight, I was in the Blue's Steak House where she works for dinner and they were having a benifit to raise money for expenses. Everyone could only tell of the GREAT person she is. She has always been such a delight when I have seen her there. Just My Opinion you are right about giving blood. Blood donations save many lives. The manager of Blue's lived in Augusta while his wife was in medical school and we both agreed she is in the best place she could possibly be. The JMS Burn Center is an awesome place.

usesomecommonsense
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usesomecommonsense 05/13/12 - 08:16 pm
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What don't you understand, Parmelot?

The article is very clear. The physicians lay the blame for Aimee's condition on necrotizing fasciitis, NOT on "the good Lord." Why must we always "blame" Him? The truth is, ever since sin corrupted (i.e., ruined) the world "the good Lord" created, things like necrotiziing fasciitis have been at work, trying to destroy what He made. Sin is the culprit, God isn't! The truth is, "the good Lord" is the only hope any of us have...including Aimee, and even you!

Discussionstarter
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Discussionstarter 05/13/12 - 08:39 pm
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Pray for the right outcome for Aimee

Sometimes we want to hold on those who are dying for our selfish reasons. What is best for Aimee in the long run?

Casting_Fool
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Casting_Fool 05/13/12 - 09:07 pm
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"Parlemort", most folk have

"Parlemort", most folk have it wrong when they talk about God keeping the Christian healthy, happy and well-off financially. It's used as a hook to pull people into the church for all sorts of reasons.

God is using the earth as a training ground for His children. That means that we're subject to the same things as the Lost. Sickness, poverty, bad decisions, accidents, and disasters; or good health, prosperity, good sense, and safety from accident or disaster.

He does promise to be there with us through these things, but He doesn't promise that He will always do what we want Him to do in these situations.

Sometimes, He lets us go through the most horrendous things, without answering our prayers to be delivered in the manner that we desire. If anyone teaches that differently, quite frankly, they're a liar and do not teach the truth.

Yes, sometimes He answers our prayers to be healed, or get out of poverty, or to survive a disaster, but sometimes He doesn't. It's up to us to allow Him to teach us whatever it is He's trying to teach us through the pain and hurt of trials in this life.

The thing that is so sad is that when God doesn't heal or deliver, people tend to say things like "Well, you just didn't have enough faith." or "There must be some sin in your life." or "Maybe you're not a Christian."

I've buried my first three children and their mother, my beloved wife. I've also been a Christian since the age of 11. Do I doubt God's ability to meet my needs? No. Did I do that during the 10 year illness that took my wife's life, of course, sometimes it just got to be so overwhelming. I'm a Christian, but I'm also human.

He never promised that Christians would be kept like little children, always protected from life's uncertainties, well fed, healthy, and given everything that they desire. How could we reach out to others who suffer misfortune if we ourselves have not been there to experience it for ourselves?

Do I believe that God could and would have healed my wife? Yes. But I had to learn to be willing to subject myself to His will and let her go. Do I understand why God allowed this? No, but I might someday.

I wish the best for Ammie and her family, but it is probably going to be a long, hard road to recovery. Their faith will be tested in ways that they never expected to be tested. Only God knows how it will turn out. Christians can succeed or fail, just like the Lost.

Christians have Heaven to look forward to, and all of the ills of this world will be forgotten as we are given new bodies and new futures in His service.

If I may, in the words of the old Gospel song:

God never promised that here on Earth,
Life would be carefree and full of mirth,
Days would be happy without a care,
Never a heartache or pain to bear.
But in the trials that surely come,
He will be with me 'til life is done,
And in each trial give victory.
That's what He's promised me.
That's what He's promised me.

Casting_Fool
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Casting_Fool 05/13/12 - 10:08 pm
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But God isn't responsible for

But God isn't responsible for our behavior, we are. If we choose to do awful things to others, it isn't God's choice, it's our own. If we choose to do something that might cause us harm, that's also our decision.

If I drive my car at a high rate of speed and kill someone in an accident, it was my choice to drive irresponsibly, not God's fault for allowing me to kill someone else.

He doesn't protect us from the consequences of our decisions. He allows us the freedom to choose, and that's why we see so much evil in the world. People are making choices, for good or for evil. It's not God's fault. It's ours.

Parlemort
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Parlemort 05/13/12 - 10:15 pm
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If he wished to, he could save the innocent
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He has the free will to save a child from horrible harm but he chooses to ignore their screams. As we are cast in his likeness, we should also ignore a suffering child, but we are braver than your god. We will risk our lives to save another. I cannot abide a god who ignores the pain of the innocent.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 05/13/12 - 10:36 pm
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Parlemort, we are all going

Parlemort, we are all going to die to this world sooner or later. God did not put this on Aimee. And whether God decides to heal her or take her to live in heaven. Aimee will be fine. It is her loved ones that will struggle with their loss.

What good is faith and trust in the Lord, if we can only praise Him when we get our way? It is thy will be done Lord, on this earth and in heaven. Aimee's family can have full confidence that God will take the ashes and restore them to beauty.

Love and prayers to all of the Copeland family. May the Lord hold you closely.

blakkone
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blakkone 05/14/12 - 01:17 am
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I wonder why Athiests believe

I wonder why Athiests believe every human being is supposed to live a long healthy life and die of natural causes at age 100. God has a plan for every person and that plan may last 5 months, 21 years, 45 years, maybe 90. Its like if someone dies a tragic death, then God doesn't exist because he wouldnt let that happen. Cmon man.

If people didnt suffer, how would you know you are blessed? You enjoy nice sunny days because you know what the opposite feels like - a dark stormy day. You enjoy having money in the bank because you know there are homeless suffering people on the streets. I thank God i have can walk upright because there are people in wheelchairs. I thank God i have vision because there are blind ppl among us.

If this young lady's tragedy is to remind you to be thankful for what you have because it could be taken in an instant, then that is her purpose.

Martin Luther King was gunned down in Memphis and left a wife and children behind. i truly believe he was put here for a purpose, then called back home. Don't deny His existence just because a child is murdered, or a family is starving, etc. Your true reward is not on this Earth but in Heaven with Him. The body and its flesh will decay and rot away but your soul is eternal.

carcraft
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carcraft 05/14/12 - 04:29 am
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If I were an evolutionist I

If I were an evolutionist I would be very worried. Man is one species and very dominant. Isn’t it time for something to evolve to fill the void? Some predator to reduce man to a level nature can live with or will we destroy ourselves? Man hasn’t evolved in about 4,000 years. There is little difference between King David and Bathsheba and Bill Clinton and Monica! Bill Clinton didn’t learn from King David and our nature hasn’t changed much. So man won’t change by evolution, seems like we are hard wired for some types of stupidity. Now is a germ like necrotizing fasciitis nature’s great (or evolution’s) great equalizer? Would we rush to save a dying child? Ask the people of Rwanda! Sin brought illness, death and destruction into the world because man was disobedient. Look at the world, Nazi Germany (12 million killed by the government, 6 million Jews, 6 million other undesirables) Communist Russia (20 million killed), Communist China (nobody knows how many million killed), Cambodia (millions killed), and Rwanda. All this happened at the time of mankind’s greatest scientific and cultural advancements. So tell me again how we are greater than God and better than God, how “good" we are. Please tell me how we have advanced beyond David and Bathsheba. I will point to people like Mother Theresa, Wilberforce, St Francis, John Newton, and a long list of others who were inspired by God to Change the World for good and confirm the goodness of God!

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/14/12 - 06:05 am
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"He has the free will to save

"He has the free will to save a child from horrible harm but he chooses to ignore their screams. As we are cast in his likeness, we should also ignore a suffering child, but we are braver than your god. We will risk our lives to save another. I cannot abide a god who ignores the pain of the innocent."

The problem with some thinking today is that we want to dictate how God is suppose to do and act according to how we think He should. Yes, God can save a child from rape but rest assured He does not ignore the screams of those who are hurting. It breaks His heart and I'm sure the tears have been many, but we must remember....this world is not how He intended it to be with death, sin, and evil. We made the world as it is today and since Satan is the ruler of this earth for a time, those who are children of God must hold fast to the promise that Christ will return and death, sin, and evil will be no more. Those who are His children cling to the comfort that even when we have to deal with the evil in this world, He is there to help guide, comfort us, and give us strength. Why doesn't God step in and help every time the innocent is hurt, because He is God and although we may not understand the reasoning, He does. As horrible as what Aimee is going through and what her family is going through, they cling to the hope that God will heal Aimee, but if not, then they will see her again and not with missing limbs and pain, but with a glorified body standing with our heavenly Father. If Aimee recovers then I am sure that He will use her, her family, and their testimony and continue to be with them to understand it's purpose although we may not.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/14/12 - 06:12 am
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Pleasegetreal, God will use

Pleasegetreal, God will use any means He pleases to fulfill His purpose, that includes giving the doctors and medical staff the guidance and insight to understand how best to treat Aimee...after all who is it that gives these breath of life and strength of mine but God Almighty Himself. Less than 20 years ago, our medical treatment may not have been as advanced as it is today, but rest assured, God was still performing miracles and those who we thought could not be healed, are walking around today as testimony.

I'll put my God up against your Flying Spaghetti Monster and day of the week.....who do people cry out to when they are in need. Most will cry out to God before a bowl of flying pasta.

Parlemort
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Parlemort 05/14/12 - 06:52 am
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Baloney
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The only reason people cry out to god before a bowl of flying pasta is because they were brainwashed since birth to believe. Someday it will be considered child abuse to force children to go to church. That will be a good day.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 05/14/12 - 09:07 am
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Good Day

The way things are going in this world today, you are probably right, Parlemort. When it does happens, I can guarantee you, It will not be a GOOD DAY.

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 05/14/12 - 08:29 am
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You guys make no sense!
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If he is responsible for the good then he is also responsible for the bad. Sorry ICL tears for a newborn baby being abused is a cop out. This is why I will never believe in some omnipotent grandfatherly figure that allows free will but only sometimes and only choose to heal a few and not everyone...it's a brainwash game to keep the masses coming back. If it makes you feel good inside then by all means that's your right to celebrate whatever you want but you guys should quit blessing him for everything good if your not blaming him for everything bad. By the way, I wish this young lady a speedy recovery. Not because of religious beliefs but because it's the compassionate thing to do.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/14/12 - 08:42 am
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Parlemort, I would have to

Parlemort, I would have to disagree with you because there are many who have come to know Christ well into their teenage years and some within their adult life.....no brain-washing there. Teaching our children the things of God should begin in the home and the church is His people, not a building where we gather.

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 05/14/12 - 08:46 am
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ICL
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That's not a slam to you and I know you are a decent person just my opinion.

Equaltreatmentforall
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Equaltreatmentforall 05/14/12 - 09:10 am
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Kind Heavenly Father, please

Kind Heavenly Father, please be with this family as they go through this tragedy. Lord, we don't understand why hardships happen but we know and trust that you are in control. You never promised us heaven here on earth but we know that you love us and we will one day be with you in heaven. Let us be an example to the people around us, In Jesue Name I Pray, Amen.

blakkone
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blakkone 05/14/12 - 09:35 am
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"Kind Heavenly Father, please

"Kind Heavenly Father, please be with this family as they go through this tragedy. Lord, we don't understand why hardships happen but we know and trust that you are in control. You never promised us heaven here on earth but we know that you love us and we will one day be with you in heaven. Let us be an example to the people around us, In Jesue Name I Pray, Amen."

Amen.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/14/12 - 09:47 am
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Someone has to be

Someone has to be intentionally mean-spirited to post a thumbs-down on someone's heartfelt prayer for the healing of Aimee. Whether you believe or not, seriously, this was nothing but UGLY.

David Parker
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David Parker 05/14/12 - 11:33 am
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Appears the Lord has been

Appears the Lord has been thanked on many levels at this point. I just want to throw a kudo or two at the physicians that saved her life and are caring for her now. Bless all yall and thanks for taking care of us when we are the mercy of our mortality. I've been in the Burn Center for a similar staph thing. They got me right as rain in no time.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 05/14/12 - 12:01 pm
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How do commenter’s who

How do commenter’s who blasphemy Christ out one side of their mouths and wish the Copeland’s well out of the other side of their mouths think their support has any real meaning to this family? The Copeland family has adamantly made public their complete faith and trust in our God and some have the unmitigated gall to mock their beliefs. Your remarks are completely disrespectful. You would show more kindness by keeping your opinions to yourselves. This really isn’t about you.

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 05/14/12 - 12:16 pm
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Sorry Willow but this is a
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Sorry Willow but this is a news article with a comment board based on opinions. I don't try and silence your opinion. My opinion on yours or their beliefs in no way makes my heartfelt wishes for her recovery any less meaningful.

tl_clay
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tl_clay 05/14/12 - 12:17 pm
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Willow Bailey -- so, you are

Willow Bailey -- so, you are telling people to keep their opinions to them selves, while insulting others?

/shakes head

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 05/14/12 - 12:50 pm
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No, very clearly what I am

No, very clearly what I am saying is respect the family and their beliefs. If the only way one can accomplish that is by silence, then that would be the respectful choice. The Copelands have made their feelings known.

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 05/14/12 - 01:00 pm
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If this was their personal
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If this was their personal page I would tend to agree. This is a newspaper with a comment board. Therefore anyone can put their opinions up. If that bothers you then don't read it. Not the first person has said anything hateful to the family and most have wished her a speedy recovery. Seems the only one being hateful is....well I will let people figure that out for themselves...

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