Aimee Copeland has already lost a leg to necrotizing fasciitis; now she faces the loss of both hands and her remaining foot in an attempt to save her life. Her response? "Let's do this."
It's an amazing story of how a life can be turned upside down nearly overnight. Following an accident on May 1, Copeland contracted the incredibly rare, so-called 'flesh-eating bacteria' through a wound on her leg. The gruesome disease kills off the body's soft tissues.
Well-wishes are pouring in for Copeland and her family from around the globe. According to a Facebook posting by her father today, she only recently learned just how well-known her case has become.
The road ahead appears grim. It is unknown what further measures may be necessary to prevent the flesh-eating bacteria from spreading elsewhere in her body. For now, the world watches and waits alongside her family, buoyed by the 24-year-old's incredible courage. "Let's do this," indeed.
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