Wednesday, July 11, 2012
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In this photo provided by Andy Copeland, Aimee Copeland leaves a hospital in Augusta on July 2 headed for an inpatient rehabilitation clinic. Copeland left a Georgia hospital just weeks after a flesh-eating disease took her limbs but not her life. After nearly two months of battling the rare infection, called necrotizing fasciitis, Copeland headed to an inpatient rehabilitation clinic, where she'll learn to use a wheelchair after having her left leg, right foot and both hands amputated. (AP Photo/Courtesy Andy Copeland)
A Michigan-based builder will construct a wing onto the home of Aimee Copeland, the Snellville woman battling a disease that destroys flesh.
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 Snellville home at no charge to the family. Company officials say the addition, expected to be completed within 40 days, will include a new bedroom, a fitness room for rehabilitation and a study area.
The 24-year-old 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.
Doctors amputated her leg, foot and both hands. She's now recovering at an east Georgia rehabilitation center.