Aimee Copeland back home, plans public appearance

John Spink/ AJC via Georgia Newspaper Partnership
Aimee Copeland's exercise room includes a balance beam for her to practice walking.
Thursday, Aug 23, 2012 1:01 PM
Last updated 2:10 PM
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SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- It's on to the next phase for Aimee Copeland. She's back in her newly renovated home and plans to make a public appearance Sept. 14.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the 24-year-old woman spent her first day at home Wednesday after leaving a rehab center where she has been recovering from a flesh-decaying infection that claimed her leg, foot and both hands.

She had been treated this summer at Augusta’s Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital.

“We had a really good day filled with fun and frivolity,” said her father, Andy Copeland. Her first stop was to Longhorn Steakhouse for lunch with her father, mother Donna and sister Paige. She then relaxed at home with her sister while her parents went shopping.

That’s a far cry from early May when the University of West Georgia graduate student contracted the necrotizing fasciitis infection after cutting her leg in a zip-lining accident. The deadly infection emits toxins that cut off blood flow, destroying muscles, fat and tissue.

Early on, doctors gave Aimee Copeland a slim chance of surviving. She battled back. Her fight inspired national attention as Andy Copeland wrote emotional entries about her struggle in a blog.

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