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Aimee Copeland laughing, smiling while battling flesh eating bacteria

12:05 PM, May 15, 2012   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- She doesn't know she's lost her leg. It looks like she will have to lose her fingers as well, but Aimee Copeland appears to be in good spirits. 

"We saw Aimee laugh and smile," her father Andy Copeland blogged Monday night. "She told us some things she wanted, we played games with her and she was very stimulated. It was an amazing time."

"The nurses were even laughing and saying it sounded like a game show in Aimee's room," he added. "Today was a really huge day."

The Copeland family has been taking it one day at a time since Aimee fell from a homemade zipline over the Lower Tallapoosa River on May 1 and contracted a flesh-eating bacteria through a gash in her calf.

Necrotizing fasciitis has since claimed one leg and threatened her hands. Her doctors now believe her palms might be saved.

Her father credits the family's faith and prayer in healing the 24-year-old University of West Georgia grad student.

"I hold her and pray while she prays," Andy Copeland blogged Sunday. "This is all we can do now and I can honestly say it works quite well. I believe this has helped speed her healing process."

There are several other opportunities to help. Tuesday, the University of West Georgia is holding a blood drive in the gymnasium from 2 until 7 p.m. Tuesday. The South Gwinnett Rotary Club will hold another blood drive next Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Snellville.

Carrollton's Sunnyside Cafe, where Aimee works, is holding three fundraisers for her. The first one is a gospel bluegrass concert featuring American Express and Not by Chance this Friday at 8 p.m. Aimee will get to decide how to use the proceeds to get through this next chapter of her life.

A fund has been set up for Aimee at the United Community Bank in Carrollton. The bank's phone number is 770-838-9608.

Aimee's family is also accepting online donations toward her medical and rehabilitation expenses. A link to their Paypal account is posted on Andy Copeland's blog on the University of West Georgia's Psychology Department website.

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