A medical home makeover begins
July 3rd, 2012
11:14 AM ET

A medical home makeover begins

Editor's note: Flesh-eating bacteria almost killed Aimee Copeland. Now, after two months in the hospital, she's moving to a rehab facility to continue her recovery. Erin Burnett talks to the 24-year-old's parents about their daughter’s ordeal and her inspirational attitude, tonight at 7 p.m. ET on CNN.

Aimee Copeland, the 24-year-old Georgia woman who lost most of her hands, one of her legs and her remaining foot after a flesh-eating bacteria infection, now faces the daunting task of learning how to live her life without her full limbs.

Aimee was released from the hospital Monday and has started physical therapy near her home in Snellville, Georgia. Her father, Andy, says the therapy will take six to eight weeks.

In the meantime, Andy and his wife, Donna, are rapidly giving the house Aimee has lived in since she was 6 years old a medical home makeover.

The Copelands are adding an entire new addition off the back of their house. When Aimee returns, the house will be nearly twice as large and newly equipped for her special needs.

The renovation plans include access ramps, an elevator to the home's second floor, an exercise room Aimee will use to continue her recovery, guide rails in the bathroom, and a separate wash sink Aimee can use to clean her prosthetics.

The plans were only drawn up in the last 12 days. They were drafted with input from Aimee while she recovered in an intensive care unit.

Such a demanding project could cost as much as $200,000. The roof—a huge part of the cost—is being donated, as are some supplies from Home Depot, Andy said.

A wrecking crew started the renovation Tuesday by demolishing a two-story porch deck where the new addition will go.

One thing workers are hoping to save is a fig tree that Aimee is fond of. The tree was originally from her great-grandfather's farm, and grows right alongside a portion of the house that is being torn down.

Related: Surviving a flesh-eating disease

soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. LostinSLC

    Glad to see she gets to go home, she is a fighter.

    July 3, 2012 at 12:39 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Doug

      What do you mean someone is a fighter when it comes to an infection? Either your immune system can handle it or not. It is completely out of your hands. You just sit there and wait and hope...

      July 3, 2012 at 13:17 | Report abuse |
    • SmarterNU

      Doug, clearly you're a moron who thinks a word has one particular meaning. Learn some tact, then come back and participate.

      July 3, 2012 at 13:44 | Report abuse |
    • itsme

      Thanks for being the Jerk-of-the-Day Doug. Congrats.

      July 3, 2012 at 15:35 | Report abuse |
    • chisakes

      The will to live plays a strong part in how our bodies recover...

      July 3, 2012 at 15:36 | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      When someone gives up mentally and/or emotionally, your body follows. Your immune system is directly affected by depression or stress, so yeah, she was literally fighting for her life.

      July 3, 2012 at 15:38 | Report abuse |
    • ChubbyAsian

      Doug, I'm not saying what you said is incorrect BUT folks like you really make this world a less pleasant place to live in.

      July 3, 2012 at 15:39 | Report abuse |
    • mm

      And her father loves the lime light of the media.

      July 3, 2012 at 15:41 | Report abuse |
    • bnt

      i litterally registered just to say Doug is raging d-bag

      July 3, 2012 at 15:51 | Report abuse |
    • Maryl

      Agree and she has awesome parents too.

      July 3, 2012 at 15:52 | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      Yeah Doug....grow up.

      July 3, 2012 at 15:54 | Report abuse |
    • Jenn

      Doug- you are pathetic.

      July 3, 2012 at 16:09 | Report abuse |
    • hiltz006


      July 3, 2012 at 16:13 | Report abuse |
    • Jose Cuervo

      She can sit on my manmeat and spin.

      July 3, 2012 at 16:13 | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      emotions have a lot to do with how one recovers from illness, injury, etc. doug, youre an IDIOT

      July 3, 2012 at 16:30 | Report abuse |
    • LevelHeaded

      Emotional and physical are not two sides of the coin, they are on the same side. A person who gives up the will to survive won't. Yes, she has physical strength but she has also displayed emotional strength that I find almost impossible to imagine.

      July 3, 2012 at 16:36 | Report abuse |
    • Mommy me

      May God bless her through recovery.. What a sad thing to have happen. She is very lucky to have people around her that are so supporting.

      July 3, 2012 at 16:45 | Report abuse |
    • lk

      Her parents are awesome. She is a VERY lucky girl. It sucks about her condition but at least her family really loves her. My parents would've left me in the hospital and not helped at all, lol. I hope she's grateful.

      July 3, 2012 at 16:51 | Report abuse |
    • Hot Carl

      A fighter? Not without hands she isn't! How she gonna wear the gloves?

      July 3, 2012 at 16:57 | Report abuse |
  2. puckles

    How fortunate she is to have a family with the $ to do all of this for her.

    July 3, 2012 at 12:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • MinxMade

      You're definitely right about that. I'm reading and I'm like "Well dang. Most of America would just be limbless and screwed in this situation." Kudos to them.

      July 3, 2012 at 13:12 | Report abuse |
    • neeve

      Exactly. Read my post, I said the same thing.

      July 3, 2012 at 13:12 | Report abuse |
    • photogrrl

      most of the building services are being donated by generous companies who wish to give back to someone in need...
      stop with the cynicism.

      July 3, 2012 at 14:43 | Report abuse |
    • chisakes

      u mad bro?

      July 3, 2012 at 15:37 | Report abuse |
    • ChubbyAsian

      However much $$$ is put into the house are probably pennies compared to her medical bills. I for one am more glad she has insurance to cover not just the immediate expense but lifelong rehabilitation which will no doubt go into the million$.
      I wish her well and I hope she can lead the absolute best life she could possibly live in her condition.

      July 3, 2012 at 15:46 | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      photogrrl....chill out.
      The comments are just stating how lucky she is to have this help.
      Maybe comments on news articles isn't a good place for you.
      Adults are trying to have a conversation here.

      July 3, 2012 at 15:56 | Report abuse |
    • Marie

      Yes Pickles how horrible that her parents worked hard in life and have the $$$ to provide for their daughter...Awful isn't it? Sounds like someone is slightly jealous. I find it sad when someone like yourself finds the need to put people down because they make more $$$ than you do. I assure you in most cases they WORKED to get there...We all can't be like the other 90% of Americans who feel things should just be handed to them...

      July 3, 2012 at 15:56 | Report abuse |
    • really

      Um, Marie, where did Pickles say anything about it being horrible? She said she is fortunate, and she is. There are plenty of people that work their butts off in this country and still cannot afford to pay health insurance premiums.

      July 3, 2012 at 16:04 | Report abuse |
    • LevelHeaded

      Her parents aren't paying for all the renovations. Home Depot is mentioned as donating part of the materials for the renovation and there are undoubtedly others.
      Most people couldn't even imagine paying for an elevator for their house let alone paying for room additions. Won't attempt to predict the final cost.
      I am glad there is help out there for her. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who need just a little help that can't get it. Maybe this sad event will get people to open their eyes to see if they can help their neighbors in some way.

      July 3, 2012 at 16:33 | Report abuse |
    • lk

      Yes I tend to agree, she is extremely fortunate. I'd be screwed.

      July 3, 2012 at 16:52 | Report abuse |
  3. Sasha

    All the best to you, Aimee. Each day is a new beginning.

    July 3, 2012 at 12:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Jason B

    Wow. Really makes you appreciate all you have. I wish her and her family all the best.

    July 3, 2012 at 13:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Dahlia Black

    Rehabilitation is good up to a point, but as long as she remains amputated, she will never recover. Hopefully some day she can have transplants and/or cosmetically-correct fully-functional bionics. Only then will she truly recover. For now, so sad. Let's wish her all the best.

    July 3, 2012 at 13:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Anonymous Coward

      I think you're confusing "recovery" with "restoration".

      July 3, 2012 at 14:01 | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Dahlia, have you heard of Bethany Hamilton? A shark bit her arm off while she was surfing at age 13. She is a pro surfer now at age 22 (or so). I would say she has recovered...without her arm. (Watch the movie "Soul Surfer".)

      July 3, 2012 at 14:04 | Report abuse |
    • Pam

      Dahlia Black… are you really listening to what you are writing? You sound completely ignorant. My brother lost his arm in an accident when he was 14. He is now 43 and has been fully recovered for almost 42 years. Are you really so vain that you think people have to look perfect to be happy or “recovered” as you put it? If so, you are a very sad person.

      July 3, 2012 at 15:56 | Report abuse |
    • Marie

      Never recover? She's living...To me that's recovery. There's been photos of amputees running marathons and holding down pretty good jobs. I think she'll be just fine...

      July 3, 2012 at 15:59 | Report abuse |
    • captain obvious

      so pam...he lost his arm at 14, he is 43....and hes had 42 years to recover? I think your math may be just a BIT off there. Correct me if I am wrong, but doesn't 43-14=29??? unless your brother was making a miraculous recovery before the injury....

      July 3, 2012 at 16:30 | Report abuse |
    • Timothy Murphy

      Pam, you are to math what Dahlia is to critical thinking.

      July 3, 2012 at 16:36 | Report abuse |
    • LevelHeaded

      Let me introduce you to Jim Abbott and Pete Gray. Do you know who they are? They each only had one hand, yet they were both professional baseball players. In fact, Jim Abbott pitched in the major leagues for ten years and even threw a no-hitter. Did the lack of a hand or arm stop them? Guess not.
      Losing a limb can be a disability but a person can recover. And who knows what she and others who have lost limbs due to birth defects or injury or disease can achieve.

      July 3, 2012 at 16:45 | Report abuse |
  6. Susan Martin

    Good luck, Aimee, you are a strong young woman! You can be an example for others!

    July 3, 2012 at 13:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. neeve

    Nice story, we can all take a happy, deep breath. Not nice that it happened, but sure cool as heck that it happened to someone whose family has money. A poor person in this situation would not be news, 'cause people don't want to read about the ugly consequences of coping without cash.

    July 3, 2012 at 13:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • MinxMade


      July 3, 2012 at 13:12 | Report abuse |
    • ummmm

      you know that all of this has been donated to their family right?! learn your facts idiot!

      July 3, 2012 at 14:08 | Report abuse |
    • photogrrl

      according to earlier news reports, the work was being done by contractors who VOLUNTEERED their services. And if it wasn't, I am sure her family would happily go into debt to make her rehabilitation a little easier. Geez...

      Similar services have been done in my community when someone's experienced a lifechanging event–it just didn't make the news. People offer their services and volunteer to make the world a better place quite often...maybe you should focus on the positive for a change.

      July 3, 2012 at 14:38 | Report abuse |
    • mary

      And good that her family probably has sufficient health care coverage so that she was able to spend all that time in the hospital and go to a rehab facility.

      July 3, 2012 at 15:09 | Report abuse |
    • booper

      There was a 5k race this weekend that raised over $10k for her too.

      July 3, 2012 at 15:58 | Report abuse |
    • bluefin30

      I agree, and contractors don't offer free services to poor people. Also, if this had happened to someone with little or no health insurance, and/or poor, that person probably would have died from the disease. There would be no fantastic treatments available for that person. But, I am happy for Aimee and hope she continues to recover.

      July 3, 2012 at 16:29 | Report abuse |
  8. Straittalk23

    Good luck girl. You'r gonna be alright. Keep that beautiful smile....

    July 3, 2012 at 13:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. anna

    My heart breaks for this young woman, I wish her nothing but the best.

    July 3, 2012 at 13:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. magdalenakarolina

    1. Had you been following the story for any length of time, you would know that Aimee is indeed a fighter. In the face of great odds she has refused to let her spirit and positive outlook be shaken. That is fighting. Not physically, but a mental struggle is always the more difficult of the two.

    2. Whatever the finances of the family were, I believe they may be relying at least in part on donations to finance the home renovation. This is as it should be – the true beauty of any society is the willingness to step up and lend a hand when disaster strikes one of its members. The help might take the form of donating blood, or sending a monetary donation, or helping to organize fundraisers – regardless of what it is, it is a beautiful thing. I am so happy that that there seemed to be an outpouring of support for the whole Copeland family. It is well-deserved. If luck comes into this at all, it is mostly that the media picked up the story with such verve, and that as a result, more people were aware of it, and touched by it. Instead of commenting on how wealthy the family "must be", perhaps we should all take a moment to consider that they might not be quite that wealthy – that perhaps other people with similar, heartbreaking stories need our help too, so they can have some hope of a happy ending, and a home in which they can achieve some measure of comfort. Check out the Katy Hayes story. They've been fundraising for a similar issue, precisely because they are NOT a wealthy family.

    July 3, 2012 at 13:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. jC in Western U.S.

    If all the news stories are accurate, Aimee really is a mentally strong young woman. Her body fought off the infection, but her will power and healthy mental outlook really are admirable. I couldn't help thinking though that she is also very fortunate to have parents who are financially able to afford the renovations described in the article. She and they are also very lucky that she can be on their insurance for two more years. There are so very few American parents who could do what Aimee's parents are doing for her. I would hope though, that for those families, their communities would rise to the occasion with donations of time and labor. I believe they would.

    July 3, 2012 at 13:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • kindheart2

      Beautifully said!

      July 3, 2012 at 14:09 | Report abuse |
    • mm

      But you seriously have to ask the question – why does her father feel the need to use his daughter's tragedy for regular attention in the media? As if she hasn't already had to put up with so much. Now she has to deal with a father that willingly puts the trust of complete strangers over his daughter's intimate details...for whatever purpose they choose to use it for ... entertainment or what have you.

      July 3, 2012 at 15:38 | Report abuse |
  12. Jenny R

    I believe most of the renovation work was donated by local contractors and materials were donated by either Home Depot or Lowes...generous folks have stepped up to help a community member in need in a big way.

    July 3, 2012 at 13:49 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Daisy

      I live in Aimee's community in Snellvlle, GA. Though we are technically a part of Metro Atlanta we have all rallied together as she is one of our own! There have been numerous fundraisers and you can't go anywhere in town without seeing an orange bucket where you can donate to this brave young woman we are all proud to embrace. Isn't that what "community" is all about?

      July 3, 2012 at 14:41 | Report abuse |
  13. marinedad05

    What a champ, young lady.

    I wish you all the best, hope to hear more about you tenacity, and courage. In my eyes, you are a supermodel.

    July 3, 2012 at 13:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. dotheflippinmath

    Just think, what if she was uninsured, and not the child of wealthy parents? Horrible things like this happen every day to people w/o the means to cope financially. This is why we need universal healthcare. Perfect or not, ALL Americans deserve the right to the best healthcare our doctors can provide, and people like Aimee should not end-up broke and homeless, which is where most people in her condition often end-up. Obama is on the right track. The teapartycons, at least their sponsors, are so rich they don't worry about things like catastrophic illnesses or injuries. They're too busy protecting the unborn to give a damn about our young adults.

    July 3, 2012 at 13:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • UWSGirlie

      Sad but true.

      July 3, 2012 at 14:45 | Report abuse |
    • Pam

      So very true!

      July 3, 2012 at 16:28 | Report abuse |
  15. kathe

    wishing Aimee all the best in her recovery.
    Wonder why everyone is convinced this family has money? I pray they do, but who knows they are perhaps tapped out like the rest of us.
    I don't have money in the bank to fund something like this but I'd find a way to make it work for my child too.

    July 3, 2012 at 13:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • gremlinus

      I conjectured it at some point from the family photo with the girls in the black dresses. It looked like an upper middle class family. But not from much else, though the picture of the house is also a clue. There are families of all income levels that have to do this though, and there are assistance programs too.

      July 3, 2012 at 14:06 | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous Coward

      Probably because they can afford to double the size of their house for their daughter. Not many people who are not well-off can do that; a lot have all they can afford just to keep their houses at all.

      July 3, 2012 at 14:12 | Report abuse |
    • lk

      I would love to know your secret for magically finding 200g to do that, lol. If it were my kid she'd be screwed. She's sleep on the couch on the first floor. She is very lucky. I hope she knows how fortunate she is; much of America would be lost in this situation. Or sleeping on the couch on the first floor, if they were fortunate enough to have a house, let alone a house with two floors.

      July 3, 2012 at 16:56 | Report abuse |
  16. rick1948

    What a trooper. I sure hope she's able to have a life that she's happy with.

    July 3, 2012 at 14:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Tom

    The father will soon have nothing more to blog about....OMG he sure loved being in the spotlight! It did help to bring in the $$$ and donations though. Maybe he can go into professional fundraising.

    July 3, 2012 at 14:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Kandi

    And next week...aimee goes for a boat ride, then an airplane ride and then the roller coaster and then strapped to a horse for a ride and then she is fed and then she goes to bed and then and then...get over it.

    July 3, 2012 at 14:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tracy


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    • Pam

      Wow... what a bitter person you are. Your life must be really fukced up.

      July 3, 2012 at 16:21 | Report abuse |
    • lk

      I kind of feel the same I am tired of hearing about this. Great that she survived but there are other people with worse problems. If she were some poor black lady she wouldnt be in the news unless her virus spread to a bunch of other people or something horrendous like that. And not saying that out of jealousy or anything, its just the sad truth.

      July 3, 2012 at 16:57 | Report abuse |
  19. L

    I'm excited for her to be coming home but sad because all of these renovations will only guilt her in to staying home and never moving on with her life. I'm sad for her parents who want to take care of her but taking care of her also means giving her back the independence she once had. I don't think they can do that.

    July 3, 2012 at 14:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • photogrrl

      So if it were you...you'd like to be left on the side of the road to fend for yourself? How is she being "guilted" into anything? She's JUST getting out of the freakin' hospital and has many months of recovery/rehabilitation ahead...from what I've read about her, it sounds like she WILL be able to live independently someday, but right now she needs to relearn many skills. Her family is taking care of her so that she can do that. What's the problem?

      July 3, 2012 at 14:40 | Report abuse |
  20. Shanon1972

    As I sit here and read this comments I am sickened by all the negativity. This story wsa NOT about whether or not Obama saves unborn children, this story is NOT about how lucky her family is because they have money and it is most certainly NOT about how her dad loves being in the limelight. Really people?? This young girl had something horrible happen to her and she is trying to cope with the loss and all you can say is how lucky she is because her family has money?? I am sure she feels lucky just to be alive. I do not know, or care about the finances of her family, but I will say that I am sure that her father earned the money he made and that wasnt handed to him. Some people who are bringing out the poverity card should be ashamed everytime they sit on their behinds and lets the government buy their food, pay their healthcare, and give them money for being a baby mama.

    July 3, 2012 at 15:08 | Report abuse | Reply
    • photogrrl

      Well said Shanon!

      July 3, 2012 at 17:22 | Report abuse |
  21. Mother

    Its nice to open a newspaper or go online and see such a positive article for a change. This shows that there is still good people who are willing to help out a complete stranger. Kudos to the families that are helping out this girl and her family, just because you want to.

    July 3, 2012 at 15:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. puckles

    I find it rather disturbing that this entire family feels the need to smile in practically every picture taken of them. This is so disingenuous. Are they REALLY happy that Amy lost her hands, leg and both feet? Do they REALLY believe that this was a "miracle" and that she is blessed be God"? Does Amy REALLY believe that she is "blessed?" I HIGHLY doubt it. This father reminds me of Ed Smart. I think these people are overly concerned about public appearances. It is rather ridiculous that the mother is putting makeup on her daughter as she leaves the hospital. Makeup at a time like this – really? I hope that this family does not hider this girl in grieving over her great loss. She needs to do this. It will take time. And NO, she has not already grieved over the loss of her limbs as her father would like the public to believe. She has not even begun to experience the real-life without them.

    July 3, 2012 at 15:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Shanon1972

      Wow! You should be a professional lifecoach. Obviously you have such a gift! You forgot to tell her that she will be living in a van down by the river

      July 3, 2012 at 15:24 | Report abuse |
    • Pam

      Or an fortune teller. Wow... you really know how to talk sh!t.

      July 3, 2012 at 16:25 | Report abuse |
    • photogrrl

      I know a number of people who, when ill or injured, wanted to have makeup on when photographs were taken so they'd look their best. It's not that unusual–and since she currently does not appear to have prosthetic limbs or a means of applying her own makeup, her mother applied the makeup. No big deal.

      Someone told me to chill out, but I'm still really disturbed about how nasty the comments are. If you don't want to read about her survival and now her recovery/rehabilitation why are people here reading this?

      Also, someone commented that poor people don't get help from contractors...um...I think sometimes they do, although we may not hear about it regularly...where exactly do the houses on shows like "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" or the homes built by Habitat for Humanity come from? Those homes DO go to people without a lot of money...

      July 3, 2012 at 17:21 | Report abuse |
    • livinginathens

      As someone who knows Aimee's sister pretty well, I can attest to the fact that she, even before this HORRIBLE thing happened, was the most positive, optimistic, up-beat, whatever you want to call it, person I have ever met. I am sure that all of those wonderful qualities came from a strong parental unit. I truly believe that optimism is what is keeping them ALL going. You can say what you want about that family, but disingenuous they are not. Some people choose to fall apart in tragedy – they have chosen to use it as a chance to grow. We should all be so lucky to have the same outlook.

      July 3, 2012 at 17:28 | Report abuse |
  23. Charles Darwin

    That construction doesn't look like it's up to code.

    July 3, 2012 at 15:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. mm

    The best to Aimee. And I hope her father gets help with that bizarre need to disclose all his daughter's most intimate medical history details to the media.

    July 3, 2012 at 15:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. tia

    My mom had flesh eating bacteria after having me and she pretty much almost died. I thank God for saving my mom's life. I thank God for saving Aimee's life. Its always good to know that someone who went through a life or death situation was safe and sound though she had to lose limbs, I'd rather that than death.

    July 3, 2012 at 15:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. sandy

    we should all pray Amiee has physical and emotional healing. yes it will take time but God is with her and all will go as it should in his time. you are in my prayers and you are strong and not alone.call on his mighty name and he will always be with you.
    may the lord bless you!

    July 3, 2012 at 15:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sybaris

      Funny how no amount of praying to your god will regenerate her limbs.

      July 3, 2012 at 15:54 | Report abuse |
  27. KAJD

    happy she beat the odds and spared her family the grief of losing her. She obviously has the spirit and the support to move forward. All the best to her and her family.

    July 3, 2012 at 15:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Sybaris

    If she had been black and poor this would not be a story on CNN

    July 3, 2012 at 15:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • T.rex

      Thats right. because Black people don't go zip-lining.

      July 3, 2012 at 15:58 | Report abuse |
    • lk

      You are completely right.

      July 3, 2012 at 16:59 | Report abuse |
  29. puckles


    I'm just a realist. You may choose to live in a bubble.

    July 3, 2012 at 15:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. sam

    The wealth envy shown in these posts is absolutely disgusting, but of course it is fueled by our class-divisive President. And these people are just sick enough to listen to him.

    July 3, 2012 at 15:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sybaris

      Uh right. From day 1 it has been the rethuglicans priority to remove Obama from office. If you don't have a history to base it on then what's left, his color. They can't publicly call him ni&&er so they call him a socialist, communist, class-divisive President, whatever.

      July 3, 2012 at 15:58 | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      SAm the divisiveness I see comes from the right, not the president. He brought people together and the first thing the Repuglicans said was that their main task was to get President Obama out of office. Wouldn't even try to work with him.

      July 3, 2012 at 16:23 | Report abuse |
  31. T.rex

    I really give this young woman a hand for her courage.... and a foot too.

    July 3, 2012 at 15:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Norm

    I saw some amazing break through on artificial limbs that are controlled through implants in the brain.
    Maybe people will donate so she can have these.
    I would put the money into that before I rebuilt the house.

    July 3, 2012 at 15:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. pop

    Aimee will be BIONIC WOMAN. I bet she can left a man or crack watermelon with explosion or run faster than usain bolt.

    July 3, 2012 at 16:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Ruby Slippers

    She is blessed to be in the USA where the practice of medicine is excellent! Doctors had the capability, and resources available, to order all the tests, surgeries and medicines that were needed to treat this young woman's disease. People in other countries are not so fortunate.

    July 3, 2012 at 16:02 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sybaris


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    • Mark

      Ruby Slippers... You're still in Kansas aren't you. Where do you get the idea that people in other countries don't have as good aof care as we do. Many countries actually have better care.

      July 3, 2012 at 16:34 | Report abuse |
  35. Marie

    Regardless of whether or not things were donated for this renovation...how horrible that her parents worked hard in life and have the $$$ to provide for their daughter...Awful isn't it? Sounds like a few here are slightly jealous. I find it sad when someone finds the need to put people down because they make more $$$. I assure you in most cases they WORKED to get there...We all can't be like the other 90% of Americans who feel things should just be handed to them...We are where we are because of choices we made...I suggest dealing with it. I am in no way upper class when it comes to $$$...I just have enough common sense to know it's quite stupid to put another person down because they do make more...If you want to make more then maybe you should WORK towards that?

    July 3, 2012 at 16:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sybaris

      "We all can't be like the other 90% of Americans who feel things should just be handed to them..."


      July 3, 2012 at 16:06 | Report abuse |
  36. J.

    Aimee is so deserving of this, she fought a tremendous battle and WON. Aimee, I am sure that people everywhere are so proud of you at how you overcame this battle, I know I am very proud. Hope all continues to go exceptionally well for you!

    July 3, 2012 at 16:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. t3chsupport

    I'm glad to see that she's supported and doing well and all.... but is this turning into a reality TV type thing? There's been an awful lot of news about this one person, and now they're following them to their home to take pictures of the renovations they're having to do there for her. Yeah, flesh eating bacteria are fairly rare, but people losing their limbs and having to relearn how to live isn't all that rare at all, yet this one is taking off.

    Is there going to be a point in which we give these people the privacy to heal and move on with their lives, or is this going to end up on TLC?

    July 3, 2012 at 16:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. estelle

    I don't get it: Yes she is lucky that she has donations and/ or the money for retrofitting her home, and superb care, but why attack her family for that. Would it be better if she was forced to struggle more? I could never afford what she is going to get, but why the nastiness in begrudging her some good fortune?

    July 3, 2012 at 16:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Linda

    People are so out of line in some of these posts. We know money has been donated..how do you know they didn't mortage up to their eyeballs to do this? People are generous when it comes to such things. A few weeks ago a poor man had his face chewed off by some imbecile high on drugs. The public outpouring for him has been wonderful. A bus monitor bullied by some punks got an outpouring of love and donations. Stop being so cynial and hateful. Those without insurance would qualify for assitance in every state of our union. As far as her father is concerned..he needs to stop putting her business out there. If it were my daughter and I were her mother I would put a gag order on that guy big as Montana. People care..but he is self serving at best. This girl will have trauma and heartache the rest of her life. She will need support and love and acceptance. God willing she gets it all.

    July 3, 2012 at 16:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. nurse

    Aimee, I hope you get this, here is a similar story of a 26 year old man in Jacksonville Florida who lost all his limbs recently to an infection. They should rehab together and support each other .

    July 3, 2012 at 16:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Boo

    I can't believe people are commenting on this story and talking about the wealth of the parents, etc. What the hell is the matter with some of you?

    July 3, 2012 at 16:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • J.

      It seems to me that people are trying to find a flaw in this families situation. Personally, it wouldn't matter to me if her parents we as rich as Bill Gates, or as poor as the unfortunate who have sleep under a bridge. What matters here is the fact that this young lady has survived such an ordeal and is still in the best of spirits.

      July 3, 2012 at 16:22 | Report abuse |
  42. Joy

    The construction worker in the photo looks hot – from behind anyway

    July 3, 2012 at 16:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. nurse

    here is another article about this youn man, the stories are very similar, His mom is a nice lady who helps the poor in Jamica, his name is steven walker, was just discharged from hospital in jacksonville last week.

    July 3, 2012 at 16:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Joy

    Seriously – construction guy – call me

    July 3, 2012 at 16:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. chanel

    Thank you CNN for identifying this young women by name, I was really aggravated by those who referred to her as the girl with the flesh eating infection She is a person and shouldn't be defined by a medical issue

    July 3, 2012 at 16:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. J.

    @saintsfan1275 on Twitter if anyone feels they can keep me updated on Aimee and how she's doin. Thanks.

    July 3, 2012 at 16:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Tracy L. Richardson

    Hmmm....an expensive addition to our house or our daughter's limbs. Wow. That's a hard one. Why is it that so many in this country employ that idiotic "no child left behind" mentality? If one person can't build a pricey addition to one's home, then NO ONE should be able to. Do you even HEAR yourselves? If you live in America, you are wealthy compared to most of the world. Should YOUR food and shelter be taken away simply because there are starving homeless children in Africa? Your mentality sickens me.

    July 3, 2012 at 16:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Mark

    Wow the conclusions jumped to by so many here. Just be glad she is alive and getting better and leave it at that. You know nothing and only make silly statements about her and her parents. Accept what is and move on.

    July 3, 2012 at 16:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. jen58

    the stupid comments, notwithstanding.... i don't know that i would have had the courage to keep letting them cut my body off piece after piece and still want to wake up in the morning... i think a lot of people would have just chosen to end it before going through painful surgeries and years of rehabilitation and all that follows... kudos to her and her family for their strength...

    July 3, 2012 at 16:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Ms M

    Wow, this poor girl has been through hell. I can't exactly remember how she got infected but I think it was from ziplining somewhere in Georgia and she fell in stagnant water. Glad to hear she survived but sorry that she had to lose so much of her body.

    July 3, 2012 at 16:44 | Report abuse | Reply
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