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Woman with flesh-eating disease leaves hospital

1:39 PM, Jul 2, 2012   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A Georgia woman diagnosed with a rare, flesh-eating disease has left a hospital after nearly two months.

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Aimee Copeland was released Monday from Doctors Hospital in Augusta. The 24-year-old is moving to an inpatient rehabilitation clinic. She'll spend the next several weeks learning to move herself with the aid of a wheelchair after having her left leg, right foot and both hands amputated.
    
The graduate student at the University of West Georgia contracted the rare infection after she suffered a deep cut falling from a broken zip-line May 1.

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Copeland's speedy recovery has defied doctors' initial prognosis. Her father says they at first gave her just a slim chance of surviving. She spent weeks sedated and using a respirator while undergoing amputations and skin grafts to replace infected skin.

Associated Press

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