AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The father of Aimee Copeland, the UWG student who lost her leg last week to a flesh-eating bacteria, spoke to reporters Wednesday afternoon in Augusta.
Speaking from Doctor's Hospital, where Aimee is being cared for, Andy Copeland was upbeat about his daughter's condition. She remains in critical condition, but he said doctors believe they have stopped the bacteria from spreading.
He said that she has started receiving hyperbaric treatments, which place Aimee into a pure oxygen environment in order to help her healing process.
Andy said the decision has also been made to remove the breathing tube from her throat. Doctors, he said, have put a tracheostomy tube into her throat to help provide the best respiratory therapy possible for her.
Andy says that Aimee is very excited about people giving blood in her name. He went on to extend a blood donation challenge to people on the campus of the University of South Carolina to see if they can donate more blood than folks on the University of Georgia campus.
Andy extended the challenge to head football coaches Mark Richt from Georgia and Steve Spurrier from South Carolina, in hope that both coaches would attend the blood drives on their respective campuses.