Aimee Copeland, 24, of Georgia is battling an overwhelming “flesh-eating” infection from necrotizing fasciitis. She has already had her leg amputated in an effort to save her life and remains hospitalized in critical condition.
Although many different kinds of bacteria can cause this type of deadly infection, it actually is rare. The bacteria responsible for Aimee’s case is a common one found in the environment, but the vast majority of people who come into contact with it will not suffer illness from it.
But once it invades the body, it can cause serious infection – even in people like Aimee, who have healthy immune systems and no underlying medical conditions. Surgery is necessary to remove affected tissue which can include amputation. The infection also leads to complications that affect vital organs of the body, making this infection so deadly.
News reports have said that Aimee contracted the infection through a large wound to her calf from a zip-line accident after kayaking. The latest reports are that her lungs are improving, and she has no indication of brain damage. Her family has reported that she has responded to questions.
Aimee’s youth and strong health certainly has played a role in her improvement along with the medical care and family support. Our best wishes go out to Aimee and her family for her continued recovery.