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Aimee Copeland loses hands and feet to flesh eating bacteria

7:56 PM, May 18, 2012   |    comments
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Aimee Copeland

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Doctors had to remove Aimee Copeland's hands and remaining foot during surgery Friday afternoon, according to her father, Andy Copeland. 

For the last couple of days, doctors thought they may be able to save her palms. They later found the risk for infection was too great. 

"Aimee is still a very sick girl," her father Andy Copeland wrote on Facebook Friday morning, but he said her spirits are high and they are beginning to see progress.

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Andy said his daughter's "quality of care took a big step forward" over the past two days with the beginning of hyperbaric treatments, which help her blood flow.

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The University of West Georgia graduate student is beginning to understand the extent of her injuries from a flesh-eating bacteria.

"Aimee knows about her hands now," Andy said. "She holds them up to her face, examines them and shrugs her shoulders as if to say, 'Yeah, so what?'"

He said she's been bobbing her head to music, laughing and making her family laugh as well.

"Aimee's sense of humor is intact," Andy said with an illustration:

"I rubbed her foot and laughed at some of the things she had mouthed and I told her 'Aimee, you are as priceless as the Mona Lisa.'

Aimee shook her head and lifted her pitifully swollen and atrophied hand toward her eyebrows as she mouthed some words. Paige, Donna and I looked at each other and back at Aimee. Whatever she wanted to say, she was adamant about it. We did our usual consonant/vowel breakdown and forced her to spell the word. Then we all burst out laughing.

Her words?

'I'm nothing like the Mona Lisa. She doesn't have eyebrows.'"

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