Woman With Flesh-Eating Bacteria Able To Sit Up

ATLANTA (AP) — The father of a young Georgia woman battling a flesh-eating disease says his daughter summoned her strength and sat up in a chair for five hours, surprising nurses and loved ones.

Andy Copeland said doctors in Augusta helped his daughter Aimee into a chair, where she sat up for five hours. He wrote about Tuesday’s development on his Facebook page Thursday.

The 24-year-old developed necrotizing fasciitis after cutting her leg in a May 1 fall from a homemade zip line over a west Georgia river. Her left leg, other foot and both hands have been amputated.

In an interview with The Associated Press this week, Andy Copeland said he spoke with Aimee after surgeons removed her hands and “she just shrugged her shoulders and said ‘it’s OK,’ and she smiled.”

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