Aimee Copeland speaks

The 24-year-old Georgia graduate student fighting a well-publicized infection at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center spoke Sunday for the first time since being admitted to the Augusta facility nearly a month ago.

 

Aimee Copeland’s father Andy Copeland declared Sunday “Aimee Day” on his blog because she said her first words.


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“Today Aimee has finally spoken her first words,” he said. “I will follow with details tonight.”

Copeland, of Snellville in suburban Atlanta, contracted necrotizing fasciitis, a devastating infection, when she gashed her leg May 1 after falling from a homemade zipline that broke over the Little Tallapoosa River.

Doctors at the burn center have amputated Copeland’s left leg, hands and other foot as well as a large portion of her torso to stop the infection.

On Sunday her father said she was breathing without the help of a ventilator, which made speaking a possibility.

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