Parents learning to read lips as flesh-eating victim recovers

Aimee Copeland still under care in an Augusta hospital

Monday, May 14, 2012 8:24 AM
Last updated Monday, June 25, 2012 6:26 PM
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ATLANTA — The parents of a young Georgia woman battling a flesh-eating bacterial infection say they’ve learned to read lips and are now able to communicate with their daughter.

Speaking on NBC’s “Today” show Monday, Andy Copeland says his daughter Aimee Copeland told them she was thirsty, and that ice cream is the first thing she wants when she’s able to eat on her own.

Copeland says in online updates that 24-year-old Aimee Copeland will lose her fingers but doctors hope to save the palms of her hands, which could allow her to use prosthetics.

The illness has already led doctors in Augusta to amputate most of her left leg. She contracted the rare infection, called necrotizing fasciitis, after falling from a broken zip line and gashing her leg May 1.

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LouLou 05/14/12 - 09:07 am

This has to be a God send for them to communicate with her. My heart and prayers go out to this family

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