Aimee Copeland has been fighting a rare flesh-eating bacteria and has spoken for the first time in several weeks as reported by NBC News in Augusta, Georgia.
Aimee’s father, Andy Copeland, told NBC’s WAGT that Aimee spoke on Sunday. “The first thing that she said was, ‘woah.’ She said, ‘wow, this is amazing.’ She seemed shocked to hear her own voice according to her father.
Necrotizing fasciitis is the bacteria that can destroy human tissue, destroying muscles, skin, and even bone. She apparently got the infection when she cut her leg on a homemade zipline on May 1. Since then, surgeons have amputated her left leg at the hip, her hands and remaining foot. She remains in critical condition but has been breathing on her own since being removed from a ventilator. Last week she was able to sit up in a chair.
Andy Copeland called her being alive a miracle stating thatt when she had arrived at the hospital he was told there was less than a one percent chance of survival.
Necrotising fasciitis is a bacterial infection. This bacteria attacks the soft tissue and the fascia, which is a sheath of tissue that covers individual muscle bundles. Infection can occur from any opportunistic trauma or from a medical procedure such as surgery or childbirth.
The bacteria is more common in warm waters and has beedn found across the south including in Texas. If you have a cut or other skin lesion it is best to avoid swimming in lakes or rivers.
For additional information see the National Necrotising Fasciitis Foundation website.