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Aimee Copeland's condition improves, hospital says

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 2:22 PM
Last updated Monday, June 25, 2012 6:21 PM
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The condition of a Georgia woman battling a devastating infection at an Augusta burn center has been upgraded, the hospital announced Tuesday.

Aimee Copeland’s condition has been upgraded from critical to serious, a Doctors Hospital spokeswoman said in an e-mail. Serious means her vital signs are still unstable and not within normal limits, spokeswoman Barclay Bishop said.

“Patient is acutely ill. Indicators are questionable,” Bishop wrote.

Copeland has been treated at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center since early last month, when necrotizing fasciitis caused by a widespread bacterial infection set in.

Surgeons were forced to remove most of her left leg, her hands and remaining foot because of damage caused by the infection and the body’s attempt to fight it.

Copeland’s father, Andy, is now providing updates on her condition on a Web site devoted to her: aimeecopeland.com.

In his last blog post on June 4, Andy Copeland said she is off the ventilator and breathing on her own. Doctors have removed a tracheotomy tube so she can heal, but she is now experiencing phantom pains in her missing hands, he wrote.

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