Georgia student Aimee Copeland is set to have hands and foot amputated as a flesh-eating bacteria spreads.
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(Image Source: ABC News ) BY STEVEN SPARKMAN AND LYNDSEY GARZA The Georgia grad student who has been fighting for her life against flesh-eating bacteria has reached a milestone on the way to recovery — she’s relying on her own lungs. NBC’s Today Show reports Aimee Copeland’s family is excited about her progress. “In a new blog post, Aimee’s father says that she’s now breathing on her own, she’s off her respirator and even cracking jokes — a significant improvement since the amputations late last week. Her father goes on to say that Aimee is still getting some oxygen, but no assisted breathing. In a blog posted on the University of West Georgia’s website , Aimee’s father says: “Aimee is being Aimee. She’s cracking jokes, speaking frankly, displaying her usual early morning grumpiness and she has been off of the ventilator for over 10 hours. … Bottom line: Aimee is doing great today.” The hospital hasn’t released any updates on her clinical condition, so she’s not out of the woods yet. HLN gives a rundown of what the 24-year-old has had to endure. “Doctors recently amputated Aimee’s remaining foot and both of her hands. She’d already lost her other leg and parts of her torso. She got infected with a rare bacteria after a ziplining accident.” Copeland isn’t the only one suffering from the bacteria. Two other cases have cropped up in Georgia. Bobby Vaughn, a 32-year-old landscaper, underwent five surgeries because of the disease, and Lana Kuykendall, a 36-year-old new mother of twins, had seven. WYFF has Kuykendall’s brother’s report. “She does respond sometimes. You can see it in her blood pressure or she has opened her eyes a little bit at times, but that’s pretty much about it.” The condition can be caused by many different kinds of bacteria, some of which live on our skin and enter the body through a cut.