Aimee Copeland spoke for the first time Sunday since her May 1 zip line accident. The flesh-eating bacteria victim also shared jokes with family and doctors. While her father was not there to hear his daughter speak at the time, he later blogged about the priceless moment and milestone.
Finally, “Aimee Day” arrived over the weekend. It’s a symbolic day named by the Copeland family to mark the day their beloved breathes without the use of a ventilator.
However, they got more than they bargained for. Aimee not only resumed breathing on her own, she mouthed her first words since coming out of a coma.
Her father, Andy Copeland has been blogging about his daughter’s progress since she was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, caused by flesh-eating bacteria.
While the rest of the family sat with Aimee in the hospital, he decided to visit Warren Baptist Church in Augusta and offer prayers for fallen soldiers ahead of Memorial Day. It was the first time he didn’t travel to the hospital to see his daughter on first light. The journey was unsettling.
Little did he know, Aimee Copeland was speaking her first words at the hospital and breathing without machines.
While he was in church listening to the sermon, he held his mobile phone close to check on the progress of his daughter. He called and sent text messages to family members, but no one replied. Later in the sermon, he received two text messages from Paige that read:
“Aimee’s talking with voice! Sent: 9:44 AM
“She’s talking!! She said her mind is blowing! She’s very excited! Sent: 9:45 AM”
“I was so excited I wanted to spring up out of the pew and into the aisle and do a dance,” Andy Copeland posted on the family’s website Monday. “My fellow Baptists probably would not have appreciated that, so I resisted the urge. Instead, my fingers danced across my phone, he said.
He went on and talked about the litany of emotions he experienced while sitting through the remainder of the sermon.
However, when he finally made his way to the hospital, he was told his daughter did not want to see him. There was not much explanation from family or staff at the time. While he sat through the painstaking ordeal, he tried to process the latest bombshell. Later, he discovered why.
“When I finally spoke to Aimee at five, I learned the real reason she didn’t want to see us. She had been given what I call “the magic poopy” drug right before the noon visiting hour. What that drug does is make you very nauseous when it hits your stomach. When it migrates to your intestines, you cramp up for a bit until it offers you the ultimate release. I think that’s about the nicest way I can put it,” he blogged.
When he finally was able to speak with his daughter, he learned she was surprisingly alert, listened to music, and even shared a few jokes with her treatment team and family.
In closing, Mr. Copeland shared these remarks on “Aimee Day” in his blog:
“As I write this, today is Memorial Day and Aimee continues to talk and joke. Her nurse bumped her head and Aimee said, “Now my nurse needs a nurse!” Then she winked at us and said, “I’ll take care of her.” She then waved her arm in the air and said, “these fingers can work magic.” She grinned at us. She knew she didn’t have any fingers, but she’s not worried about it either. She knows everything is going to be fine. We know everything is going to be fine. We all know it is going to be a long and challenging road, but we will handle it together.”
Now that Aimee Copeland has spoken and is breathing on her own, the family looks forward to her recovery from the flesh-eating bacteria, and the day she goes home.
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