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Two blood drives planned for Aimee Copeland

5:47 AM, May 15, 2012   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A University of West Georgia graduate student is still in the hospital battling a flesh-eating bacterial infection she contracted after a fall from a homemade zip line. 

Aimee Copeland's doctors say they may need to amputate her remaining fingers and toes, but they want to save her palms to aid in future prosthesis fitting. 

Copeland's breathing tube is preventing her from speaking, but her parents say they are able to communicate with their daughter. 

"We know our daughter well enough to where we can almost figure out a little bit about what she wants to know," said her father Andy Copeland. 

As a result of her medication, Aimee remembers little about her accident. Her family has not told her about her leg amputation and say they are focused on remaining positive.

"I'll go back there to her room and put my hand on her head and I'll just talk with her," Andy Copeland told 11Alive's Duffie Dixon Monday afternoon.

"She's concerned...she'll ask some questions, but I just tell her calm down, you need to focus on what you can control," he said. "And what you can control is your breathing."

The University of West Georgia is hosting a replacement blood drive for Aimee Copeland on Tuesday, May 15 from 2 - 7 p.m. at the University of West Georgia's Gymnasium

And the South Gwinnett Rotary Club will hold "Aimee's Blood Drive" on Monday, May 21 at the First Baptist Church in Snellville. The blood drive will be held between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the Family and Children's Center.  

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