Flesh-Eating Victim Improves

    This image provided by UTMB-Galveston shows a scanning electron microscopic image of WT (wild type) Aeromonas hydrophila strain SSU, the bacteria responsible for the flesh-eating disease that is usually caused by a strep germ. Georgia grad student Aimee Copeland is fighting a life-threatening flesh-eating disease, and doctors are calling her case very rare. The infection occurred after she gashed her leg in a Georgia river May 1, 2012, after a zip line accident. (AP Photo/UTMB-Galveston, Ashok K. Chopra, Ph.D., and Dr. Leon Bromberg)

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    Doctors for Aimee Copeland, the Georgia woman who fell victim to a rare flesh-eating bacterial disease after a ziplining accident, say she has been improving, although she will suffer from a “roller-coaster ride of ups and lows” in the coming weeks and months. Copeland’s father, Aaron Copeland, who has been blogging about his daughter’s disease, wrote on Tuesday that “every day we claim a small victory” and “we don’t have to see physical progress, we seem to take comfort in simple words, silly actions and quiet moments.” As a result of the infection, doctors have removed Copeland’s abdomen and amputated a leg and expect to remove her fingers, her father said.

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