Flesh-eating bacteria victim Aimee Copeland spends first night back at home

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By Douglas Stanglin, USA TODAY

Aimee Copeland, whose hands, leg and foot were amputated three months ago after she contracted a flesh-eating bacteria, has spent her first night at home, the Gwinnett Daily Post reports.

After lunch with her family, the 24-year-old University of West Georgia graduate student settled into a specially built wing of her parents' house in Snellville, Ga.

"As soon as we got back home she flopped down on the sofa, flipped on the TV and started watching (the cartoon) 'Futurama," Andy Copeland, Aimee's father, tells the Daily Post.

"We're just really excited to have her home," he says.

The wing, donated by Pulte Homes and other vendors, includes access ramps, an elevator, guide rails in the bathroom and a separate wash sink that she can use to clean her new prosthetics, CNN reports.

Copeland picked up the rare bacteria after suffering a gash in her leg when she fell from a homeland zip line into a river west of Atlanta in May.

As a result, she contracted necrotizing fasciitis, which is caused by the flesh-devouring bacteria Aeromonas hydrophila. To save her life, doctors had to perform multiple amputations.

After two months in a hospital, Copeland was moved to a rehab center in July before returning home Wednesday, CNN reports.

Andy Copeland says his daughter's rehab consists of 200 crunches in seven minutes, 400 leg lifts in seven minutes, and "an untold number of push-ups and something else that she calls 'planks' and 'sideplanks.'"

"The simple fact is that between her ears, Aimee is 100%," he writes in his blog. "She knows that she can accomplish anything she wants and that lacking the hands or feet to accomplish such tasks is only a minor inconvenience."

USA TODAY

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