Ga. student fights to survive flesh-eating bacterial infection
This undated photo provided by the family shows Aimee Copeland, the 24-year-old University of West Georgia graduate student fighting to survive a flesh-eating bacterial infection that forced doctors to amputate most of her left leg, her right foot and both hands. The infection, necrotizing fasciitis, occurred after she gashed her leg following a zip line accident on a Georgia river May 1, 2012. After spending weeks in a Ga. hospital as doctors tried to stop the infection's spread, Copeland was finally able to breathe on her own and speak by late May. She is currently undergoing skin grafts and experiencing pain but her condition has been improving, her father Andy said.