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West Georgia Alumni on Student Fighting Flesh Eating Disease: "Nice and Bubbly."

Aimee Copeland, a student at a college in Georgia is fighting for her life after contracting necrotizing fasciitis from a leg wound. Necrotizing fasciitis is a rare flesh eating disease that is incredibly dangerous. The young woman has already had her leg amputated and doctors feared that her hands and remaining foot might also need to be amputated. It appears now that doctors are hopeful that the student fighting the flesh eating disease could keep her palms and only need her fingers  and foot amputated. Necrotizing fasciitis is a very uncommon flesh eating bacterial infection that occurs mostly in warm climates and is commonly caused by an infection in a wound. 

Aimee Copeland Flesh Eating Disease: Condition Update

Aimee Copeland’s parents are remaining hopeful for their daughter’s recovery after a recent visit. The student was able to mouth words to her parents despite being connected to a breathing ventilator. The young woman fighting the flesh eating bacteria has been connected to the ventilator since undergoing surgery to amputate her leg. Soon after the leg amputation, doctors feared that the student might also have to have her hands and remaining foot amputated but it seems now that might not be necessary. Aimee Copeland’s parents explained that doctors believe they might only need to remove the young woman’s fingers and could save her palms, which would make using prosthetics easier. Aimee Copeland’s parents explained in an interview that their daughter is incredibly strong, and they feel hopeful for a recovery from this flesh eating disease. They are looking forward to doctors taking Aimee off of the ventilator, but also worry about telling the grad student just how serious her condition is and the extent of her amputations.

Exclusive Interview with West Georgia University Graduate 

Julie Davis, an early education major and graduate from the University of West Georgia, explains that Aimee Copeland was a familiar face at the Sunnyside Cafe, a breakfast joint on campus where the student fighting the flesh eating bacteria worked. "From what I've heard, she was always really nice and bubbly," Davis explains. "Carrollton [Georgia] is doing a lot to help Aimee and her family,The Sunnyside Cafe is hosting live music and charging a cover with all proceeds going to help the family cover hospital bills."

What is Flesh Eating Bacteria?

The flesh eating bacterial infection is not common but can be contracted after an injury or laceration. The bacteria grow in warmer climates and attacks muscle and skin deep in the layers of subcutaneous tissues. People who contract necrotizing fasciitisalmost always have to undergo surgery to remove the infected tissues to stop the spread of the bacteria. The flesh eating disease has an extremely high mortality rate and often leads to full or partial amputation. Anyone who has a laceration, injury or wound should seek medical help especially if the wound doesn’t seem to be healing or if the wound is accompanied by extreme and intense pain. 

Aimee Copeland Skin Eating Bacteria

24-year-old Aimee Copeland, who attends The University of West Georgia, contracted deadly necrotizing fasciitis after suffering a laceration on a homemade zip line. Aimee Copeland went to the hospital directly after the incident where her wound was cleaned and closed with 22 staples. The following days the college student returned for treatment complaining about intense pain. After the fourth day of returning for treatment for the laceration doctors discovered that Copeland had contracted deadly necrotizing fasciitis. By the time the flesh eating bacteria was uncovered, it became apparent that the grad student would need to have her leg amputated. The flesh eating disease attacked the young woman's body and her condition was very touch and go for a long time. Though she isn't out of the woods yet, it appears that Aimee Copeland is putting up a good fight against the flesh eating disease. 

The entire nation is hoping for a swift recovery for the brave grad student. Aimee Copeland is still facing an uphill battle, but the brave young woman has the support of her family and the country to help get her through this devastating disease. 

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