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Flesh-Eating Bacteria Takes Limbs of Healthy Young Woman Aimee Copeland

I couldn’t conceive of what it would be like for my daughter to lose her hands and the only other foot she has, as well, and that appears to be what is going to happen– Aimee Copeland’s Father

What is necrotizing fasciitis? The mention of this bacterial infection is often met with blank stares. However, those in the know, like Andy Copeland, will tell you of the horrific nature of the rare flesh-eating infection.  Copeland’s 24 year-old daughter, Aimee, contracted the infection a few days after suffering a nasty fall off of a homemade zip line on May 1. The accident resulted in a deep gash on her left calf which required nearly two dozen staples.

Three days later, Aimee began to complain of severe pain in her leg and was rushed back to the emergency room. Aimee was quickly diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis caused by Aeromonas hydrophila, bacteria commonly found in brackish waters, and was flown to Augusta for surgery. Unable to treat her using antibiotics, Aimee’s physicians were forced to amputate her left foot. However, the bacteria continued to spread and her hands and remaining foot now require amputation. Read more »

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