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.
“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.