Aimee Copeland, the 24-year-old victim of the flesh-eating bacteria was released from the hospital on Monday afternoon. According to Reuters, her rehabilitation is not over yet because the girl has to gain her independence by learning how to use the wheelchair.
After struggling for her life in the past months, Aimee Copeland was finally able to leave the hospital and head to a rehabilitation facility. The 24-year-old college student, who contracted necrotizing fasciitis following a homemade zip line injury, will stay at the rehabilitation center for the next weeks. She will, thus, learn how to navigate in a wheelchair and to use special tools to gain her independence.
Although doctors were not confident about Aimee Copeland’s health condition, the college student is very optimistic. She is determined to follow doctors’ advice because she wants to lead a normal life as soon as possible. At the end of the rehabilitation period, Aimee will be able to feed and wash herself, as well as to move freely around the house without the help of another person.
There is another objective that Copeland has to have in mind in the following period. The victim of the flesh-eating bacteria will undergo various other procedures meant to prepare her for the prosthetics. According to the medical staff working at the rehabilitation facility, Aimee’s skin will have recovered sufficiently in the following weeks for doctors to replace her missing body parts with prosthetic limbs.
Her father, Andy Copeland, told reporters that he was amazed to see how powerful his daughter was. The fact that she is determined to graduate from the University of West Georgia, in spite of her personal problems, makes Andy feel very proud about his daughter. He told reporters at Good Morning America that these challenges help Aimee learn more about her inner strength and set an example for other people who may be in the same situation.