Aimee Copeland, Victim of Flesh-Eating Bacteria, Is Finally Able to Speak

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There's some good news in the case of Aimee Copeland, the 24-year-old woman in Georgia who came down with a horrifying case of necrotizing fasciitis (NF) that started after a flesh-eating bacteria called Aeromonas hydrophila infected a gash in her leg. She first cut her leg on May 1st, and several days later she was diagnosed with NF. She became gravely ill and has had to have her hands, one of her legs, the other foot, and part of her abdomen amputated to keep the infection under control. On May 20th, Aimee was finally stable enough to be taken off a ventilator, and while she was able to mouth some words, she hadn't been able to use her voice since then. That is until yesterday, when she finally spoke for the first time since coming down with the disease.

Her father had promised to dub the day she spoke again "Aimee Day," since he said that's when he would feel like he finally had his daughter back. He was in church when "Aimee Day" finally came, but got reports of her talking from his wife and other daughter. Later that day he spoke with her himself, and he reports, "Aimee was expressive and she clearly elucidated her thoughts," he wrote. He also said her long-term memory is fine, and that she "continues to talk and joke." She surely has a lot of work ahead of her, but she certainly seems to be on the road to recovery.


Flesh-eating bacteria victim speaks, jokes, father says [CNN]

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...How do they amputate PART OF YOUR ABDOMEN?? No, wait, I don't really want to know. That poor girl-it's amazing that she's come through. Godspeed to her on her long road to recovery.