Here’s some awesome Monday news: 24-year-old Aimee Copeland, the Georgia woman who has undergone multiple amputations and a number of painful skin grafts, due to a flesh-eating bacteria called Aeromonas hydrophila, has been released from the hospital, CNN reports. Copeland contracted the bacteria and developed necrotizing fasciitis in early May, after falling from a zip-line and sustaining a large cut to her leg.
Copeland, whose recovery has been describe as “astounding” and “miraculous” by her physicians, was in the middle of a Master’s program in humanistic psychology. Part of her thesis,her father wrote in his blog about her, was studying holistic pain management techniques before the accident, which is why she initially refused pain medications during her multiple skin grafts–though later, she did accept some medication to help with the excruciating process.
Necrotizing faciitis isn’t usually life-threatening, but in Copeland’s case, the rare muscle-dissolving disease spread so rapidly, her life was very much in peril. According to her father’s blog, there were many nights when doctors weren’t sure if Copeland would survive. But now, just two months after the initial injury, she’s been released, and will begin intensive physical therapy to help her with the loss of her leg, foot, and hand. This is wonderful news.
We’re so glad this brave woman is doing well, and wish the best for her friends and family, who have been supporting her both in person and through the Facebook page set up by her family, which already has over 78,000 Likes.
Image via Aimee Copeland’s support page on Facebook.