Aimee Copeland sits up 5 hours

Woman battling disease in Augusta hospital

Thursday, May 24, 2012 7:19 AM
Last updated 8:56 PM
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The father of a young Georgia woman battling a flesh-eating disease in an Augusta hospital said his daughter summoned her strength and sat up in a chair for five hours, surprising nurses and loved ones.

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Andy Copeland said doctors at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital helped his daughter Aimee into a chair, where she sat up for five hours. He wrote Thursday about Tuesday’s development on his Facebook page.

The 24-year-old developed necrotizing fasciitis after cutting her leg in a May 1 fall from a homemade zip line over a west Georgia river. Her left leg, other foot and both hands have been amputated.

Andy Copeland said he spoke with Aimee after surgeons removed her hands and “she just shrugged her shoulders and said ‘it’s OK,’ and she smiled.”

She's now able to breathe for a 24-hour period without assistance from a ventilator, her father said.

"Each breath is a victory," he said in Thursday's update. "Each heartbeat is a cause for celebration."

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augustadog 05/24/12 - 08:05 am
God Bless Aimee

Lets hope the worst is over and she makes a speedy recovery.
She has the prayers of thousands behind her.

mosovich 05/24/12 - 05:25 pm
Can't we..

Can't we just let the girl have some privacy??? I mean really, we knew stuff about her condition before even she did.. Respect the girls privacy, I wouldn't want the world to know every move I made and to post updates on my condition each day, it's a bit much.. Are we going to start getting updates on the man in Macon who attracted the same bacteria in Lake Sinclair and had his leg amputated?? Give this girl and her family a break!!

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