UPDATE: Global Prayers for Former South Gwinnett Student Battling Flesh-Eating Bacteria
Aimee Copeland, 24, is fighting for her life after a zipline accident last week resulted in a flesh-eating disease. The Snellville family is asking for blood donations in her name as people worldwide pray for her survival.
UPDATE: Latest post on blog regarding Aimee Copeland's condition at 3:55 p.m. Wednesday, May 9.
Aimee came into today with fresh energy and vitality. Last night she moved her arms while sleeping. Today her lungs have moved from being totally dependent upon the respirator to being 40% self-respiration. She opened her eyes upon her mother’s command. And, signs of her personality have surfaces, as she looked a bit bothered that she was being constrained in a hospital bed. -3:55pm, Wednesday May9th
Doctors have set Aimee Copeland's survival chances as "slim to none," according to her father. But neither he nor anyone else was giving up last night as the 24-year-old West Georgia student from Snellville continued to fight for her life.
Copeland's father has touched people worldwide with his heartbreaking account of his daughter's condition in a blog.
According to WSBTV, a homemade zipline accident on May 1 required treatment of a laceration to Copeland's leg. However, the pain didn't subside and by May 4 she had to be lifelighted to Augusta to have her leg amputated. She actually went into cardiac arrest, but was revived. Since then, her condition has remained grave. She was diagnosed Friday with necrotizing fasciitis, a fast-moving, flesh-eating bacteria. According to Wikipedia, NF has a mortality rate of between 20 and 70 percent.
Copeland's father is asking that, in addition to continued prayers, people donate blood in his daughter's name. The South Gwinnett Rotary Club, of which he is a member, is in the process of setting up a blood drive locally. Updates on her condition can be found on the Rotary Facebook page here. The family has strong ties to the local community. Copeland graduated from South Gwinnett High School and earned a BA degree from the University of Georgia before enrolling at West Georgia to complete her master's is psychology. Her sister is a manager at Longhorn's in Monroe.
Friends and co-workers at the Sunnyside Cafe in Carrollton, where Copeland works, are doing what they can to help the Copelands. An account has been established at United Community Bank and there will also be a blood drive at the University next Tuesday.