SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Aimee's supporters are rallying Monday at a blood drive at First Baptist Snellville. Pre-registration is full, but there is a waiting list. A hotline has also been set up to check on wait times at 770-978-5758.
For those wanting to contribute toward Aimee's medical bills, there will be a drive through in the church parking for cash or check donations. First Baptist Snellville is located at 2400 Main Street East in Snellville. The event is being hosted by the Rotary Club of South Gwinnett. Aimee's father is the club's secretary and president-elect nominee.
Online donations can be made through Andy Copeland's blog on the University of West Georgia's website. Aimee is a UWG grad student.
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For the first time since flesh eating bacteria began attacking her body on May 1, Aimee Copeland is breathing on her own.
Her father said doctors turned off the ventilator Sunday. "They are running an oxygen 'mask' to her tracheostomy at an o2 level of only 35%, but the important thing is that she is getting zero breath per minute (bpm) assists," Andy Copeland blogged Sunday night.
"In other words, she is breathing completely on her own!" he said. "How cool is that?"
After first losing her leg and then on Friday, losing her remaining foot and both hands to necrotizing fasciitis, "Aimee is being Aimee," Andy said. "She's cracking jokes, speaking frankly, displaying her usual early morning grumpiness."
"Bottom line: Aimee is doing great today," he blogged. "*insert crazy-grin-happy-face here*"
Andy thanked the community for their encouragement these past few weeks.
"I truly appreciate your gracious kindness, continued prayers and unbridled support," he said. "It is people like you who make America great and don't you forget that."