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Aimee Copeland improving in rehab

In this photo provided by Andy Copeland, Aimee Copeland smiles as she leaves a hospital in Augusta Ga., Monday, July 2, 2012, headed for an inpatient rehabilitation clinic. Copeland left a Georgia hospital just weeks after a flesh-eating disease took her limbs but not her life. After nearly two months of battling the rare infection, called necrotizing fasciitis, Copeland headed to an inpatient rehabilitation clinic, where she’ll learn to use a wheelchair after having her left leg, right foot and both hands amputated.
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Less than a month after her release from Doctors Hospital, Aimee Copeland is making significant strides in her physical rehabilitation.

In an updated blog Sunday, her father, Andy, said Copeland could now do 200 crunches in seven minutes and 400 leg lifts in seven minutes.

“At this point I have to pause and ask a simple question: How many of you can do 200 crunches in seven minutes?” Andy Copeland wrote.

The physical therapist told the family that the exercises will help condition Copeland’s body to be strong enough to maneuver in and out of her chair onto any surface.

“She’s pretty doggone good at it too,” he said.

Two months ago, the story was quite different. Doctors gave the 24-year-old a slim chance of surviving.

The Snellville, Ga., graduate student at the University of West Georgia was admitted to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Augusta’s Doctors Hospital after she became infected with a bacteria attacking her flesh. She had cut her leg in a zip-lining accident May 1. Her left leg, right foot and both hands were amputated.

She was released on July 2 and moved to an inpatient rehabilitation clinic in metro Atlanta, where she would spend several weeks learning to use a wheelchair and be fitted for prosthetic limbs.

Andy Copeland says his daughter is focusing on “not being handicapped.” Recently he purchased a van to transport his daughter, but he was surprised to learn that she didn’t approve of his plan.

According to his blog, she told her father she refused to be chauffeured around. Instead, she planned on driving herself.

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younameit 07/30/12 - 08:27 am
God chooses only the

God chooses only the strongest to undertake the most difficult and challenging ministries on earth. Seldom do we get to see the chosen ones in preparation for those ministries, as we have seen this one. She's an inspiration now. But when she finishes rehab and begins her able ministry, we'll see the manifestation of the awesome benefits of prayer - for her and for her physicians and caregivers. Neither these, nor any, words can fully describe the wonders of our God, and the promise of eternal life for people like Aimee Copeland, her loving family, those who saved her life, those whose lives she will save.

Edward1968 07/30/12 - 08:54 am
Great post by younameit

grouse's post on the other hand makes no sense. "free will"?? "...make a point...?? Ridiculous comment!!

rmwhitley 07/30/12 - 09:15 am
God bless

and give bountiful love and peace to Aimee and the Copeland family.

woodymeister 07/30/12 - 05:04 pm
Grouse's Comments

Those comments are not needed. The majority of our community believe in God. If you don't like a comment, so be it, but don't attack all of us God fearing people along the way.

There's a guy with a pitchfork selling real estate under a rock. You may have already made a down payment....

Willow Bailey
Willow Bailey 07/30/12 - 05:24 pm
No, God didn’t smite Aimee with flesh eating bacteria.

grouse, I do understand your comment and the frustration of what you think was said. However, I don’t read younameit's comment as you do. I see it as God has the ability to take our struggles and turn them into a ministry. And He does. He is able and will; in anyone's life who is willing to avail themselves to Him.

People like Aimee, don't allow the circumstances of their lives to define God to them. Instead, they define the circumstances through their relationship with God; always believing that our God's Word is true.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

We are all called to His purpose and that is to live lives that are glorifying to Him regardless of the trials.

Many of us have gone through things that we would never have asked for, but looking back and given the choice, we wouldn’t undo any of it, if it meant that we had to give up what we gained because of it.

I’m like you, quite certain, that Aimee would never have asked for this, but yet, here she is peaceful, joyful, focused, undefeated and looking forward to the life that God has allowed for her. I have a feeling she’s going to fully use her experience to encourage others, giving God every bit of the glory.

Yeah, God, Yeah Aimee, Yeah God “in” Aimee.

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