Flesh-eating bacteria survivor Aimee Copeland "knocking it out in rehab" as builders ready home extension

In this Saturday, June 23 2012 file photo provided by the Copeland family, Aimee Copeland is seen outside Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Ga. Aimee was released from Doctors Hospital on Monday, July 2, 2012. She will move to an inpatient rehabilitation clinic and spend the next several weeks learning to move herself with the aid of a wheelchair. The 24-year-old University of West Georgia graduate student survived 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. Copeland also underwent painful skin grafts during her recovery to replace skin that was destroyed by the infection. AP Photo/Copeland Family, File

Aimee Copeland before she was released from a Ga. hospital where she's been recovering from the flesh-eating infection, necrotizing fasciitis.
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(CBS/AP) A Michigan-based builder, Pulte Homes, will construct a new wing onto the home of Aimee Copeland, a 24-year-old Georgia woman who's been recovering from a flesh-eating disease.

The 24-year-old graduate student at West Georgia University suffered a deep cut May 1 when she fell from a broken zip-line over a west Georgia river. She then contracted a rare infection called necrotizing fasciitis, which releases toxins that cut off blood supply to parts of the body, destroying muscle, fat and skin tissue.

Aimee Copeland leaves Ga. hospital after two-month battle with flesh-eating infection
Pictures: Copeland's recovery from flesh-eating infection

Doctors had to amputate Aimee's leg, foot and both hands. She's now recovering at an east Georgia rehabilitation center.

Executives with Pulte Homes of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., say its workers and partners are volunteering to construct the two-story 1,956-square-feet addition to Copeland's suburban Atlanta home at no charge to the family. Company officials said in a press release that the addition is expected to be completed within 40 days of when Aimee returns home from rehabilitation.

The addition will include a new bedroom, a fitness room for rehabilitation, a study area and an elevator to access other parts of the home, such as the kitchen.

"Aimee's story and recovery has inspired many of us here at Pulte, and we were compelled to find a way to help," Stephen Haines, vice president of sales for Pulte Homes in Georgia, said in the statement.

In a new post from Aimee's father's blog, Andy Copeland wrote that his daughter was "knocking it out" in rehab and her efforts were on par with those of elite athletes.

"I sat with her today, watching her determined effort as she exerted herself through her exercise regimen," wrote Andy Copeland. "Her face was red and the vein in her neck was bulging as she pressed herself into her repetitions with serious determination. It's like she was training for the Olympics."

Next Aimee will be fitted with test sockets to see If she can eventually get prosthetic limbs.

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