College Student With Flesh-Eating Disease Remains Critical

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Doctors say a young woman fighting a flesh-decaying bacteria she contracted after a zip line accident remains in critical condition.

Officials said Friday that 24-year-old Aimee Copeland was listed in critical condition at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital. The hospital is in Augusta, Ga.

Family members have said she will lose her hands and remaining foot to the infection. But her father also said Thursday that his daughter is improving, and that she has been coherent and alert.

Copeland cut her leg after falling from a homemade zip line May 1.

The University of West Georgia graduate psychology student was
diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, an infection that destroys human tissue. She lost most of her right leg to the infection.


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