Flesh Eating Bacteria Has Georgia Student Fighting For Her Life

Posted on: 4:10 pm, May 14, 2012, by , updated on: 04:06pm, May 14, 2012

GEORGIA (CNN) – Doctors are fighting to save a Georgia grad student suffering from a virulent flesh-eating bacteria. Her parents are keeping optimistic about her recovery. Edgar Treiguts has the story.  

24-year-old Aimee Copeland is fighting for her life after a flesh-eating bacteria entered her body through an open gash suffered in a zip line accident.

Every time she wakes she has to be reminded why’s she’s confined to a hospital bed, unable to breathe on her own.

She asks, where is she? And she wanted to know how long she’d had been there.

Her parents say the medication she must take causes the memory loss.  

Copeland fell from a homemade zip line near a river in west Georgia on May first. She was left with a gash in her calf that required staples and allowed the flesh eating bacteria to enter her body. It’s a particular virulent form of this bacteria that lives in the water and only rarely causes infections like Copeland’s.

Doctors were forced to remove one of her legs and part of her abdomen.

The doctors are doing the best they can to try to save as much of her extensions, her hands as they possibly can, and literally, it’s day-by-day or even hour-by-hour.

The victim’s father has started a Facebook support page for his daughter, and says he plans to celebrate the day when she’s able to breathe on her own.

We really don’t see the suffering side of it. We see the miraculous survival.

Aimee is a psychology grad student. Her parents say she’s very concerned with finishing her thesis.  

I’m Edgar Treiguts reporting.