Aimee Copeland Released From the Hospital After the Flesh Eating Bacteria Almost Took Her Young Life Aimee Copeland Released From the Hospital After the Flesh Eating Bacteria Almost Took Her Young Life |

Aimee Copeland Released From the Hospital After the Flesh Eating Bacteria Almost Took Her Young Life

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Aimee Copeland has left the hospital after being there for 49 long days. She contracted necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh eating infection caused by Aeromonas hydrophila. This bacterium is usually found in fresh as well as brackish waters, and most commonly causes intestinal infections. It is believed that the bacteria entered into Aimee’s body through an injury to her leg during a zip-line accident in early May.

Copeland did have the injury to her calf treated, and staples were used to close her original wound, however this was not enough to stop the infection that was already spreading throughout her body.

Flesh eating type bacteria can enter in through the smallest of cuts or scrapes. Once the bacterium enters the body it runs ramped and quickly reproduces. They give off toxins that cut off blood flow to infected parts of the body. Surgical amputation of the affected muscle, fat and skin tissue are usually performed in order to save that person’s life.

After the touch and go stay at the hospital, and the amputation of her left leg, right foot, and two hands, Aimee is being transported to an inpatient rehabilitation center; she will spend 6 to 8 weeks there.

Aimee is not letting this almost near death experience stop her from living. She is very determined to finish her psychology thesis and graduate from the University of West Georgia in December; all who know her believes that she can do it.

Flesh eating infections are rare, but it does happen. If the affected area has redness, swelling, pain, and/or blisters seek medical attention immediately. You may also experience fever, nausea, and flu-like symptoms. The wound will also be more painful then it “looks” like it should be. This infection develops very rapidly and time will not be on your side; don’t wait!

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