Aimee Copeland will lose her fingers, but doctors are trying to save her palms, according to her father’s updates posted on a University of West Georgia Web site.
The graduate student is battling necrotizing fasciitis, which already has claimed her left leg, stemming from a zip line accident on May 1. Doctors originally said she would likely lose both hands and her other foot.
In a Saturday evening post, Copeland said his daughter will lose her fingers, “however physicians have hope of bringing life back to the palms of her hands, which could allow her the muscle control to use helpful prosthetics. They are awaiting a safe time before embarking on surgery for this.”
He also announced he will discontinue the daily updates of her physical condition.
She remains in critical condition Sunday at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.
In an update on Facebook from on Saturday morning, Andy Copeland announced he will celebrate “Aimee Day” when her oxygen level gets down to a normal level of 21 percent and her ventilator can be removed. As of around 11 a.m. Sunday, he said she was at 33 percent.
In Sunday’s update Copeland said his daughter is “awake, alert and wanting to be rid of that blasted ventilator,” which he likened to “having to suck air through a straw for days on end.”
He said she was asking some of the same questions she had before because of the medication she is on.
“This is good for her, but mildly frustrating for us,” he said. “It frustrates me because I want her to be able to focus on what she can control, not on things she cannot control. I tell her not to worry, I tell her to concentrate on breathing, I ask her to pray and meditate on healing. I hold her and pray while she prays. This is all we can do now and I can honestly say it works quite well. I believe this has helped speed her healing process.”