The parents of a woman who has lost a leg to a rare flesh-eating bacteria say she knows that she faces more amputations in a bid to save her life.Aimee Copeland, 24, was infected with the bacteria while kayaking.
She is in a critical condition in hospital and has already had her left leg amputated.But she now faces having both hands and her right food amputated as doctors struggle to get control of the necrotising fasciitis.
Writing on a Facebook page, Aimees father Andy said: “She smiled and raised her hands up, carefully examining them. She then looked at us. We all understood her next three words … Lets do this.”
He said Aimee had only just become aware of the severity of her condition.
“Aimee, I do not want anything to happen to you,” Mr Copeland said on Facebook. “Your mind is beautiful, your heart is good and your spirit is strong.”These hands can prevent your recovery from moving forward. The doctors want to amputate them and your foot today to assure your best possible chance of survival.
“The brave student “shed no tears” and “never batted an eyelid”, he wrote on Facebook.