Woman with Flesh-Eating Disease Sits up in Chair

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The father of a young Georgia woman battling a flesh-eating disease says she sat up in a chair, surprising nurses and loved ones.

Andy Copeland says doctors at an Augusta hospital helped
24-year-old Aimee Copeland into the chair, where she sat up for
five hours. He wrote about Tuesday's development on his Facebook
page Thursday morning.

Copeland 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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