Monday, July 30, 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)
The father of a woman battling a rare flesh-eating bacteria says his daughter is making significant strides in her physical rehabilitation.
Andy Copeland says his daughter Aimee Copeland does 200 crunches in seven minutes during each of her physical therapy sessions. He said she also does 400 leg lifts in seven minutes, plus several pushups and other exercises.
Copeland updated his daughter's progress in a Sunday post on his blog, where he's been documenting her recovery.
The 24-year-old Snellville native 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.