Woman with flesh-eating disease leaves hospital

Published On: Jul 02 2012 09:09:46 AM EDT
Updated On: Jul 02 2012 09:11:00 AM EDT

Courtesy Andy Copeland

AUGUSTA, Ga. -

A Georgia woman diagnosed with a rare, flesh-eating disease has left a hospital after nearly two months.

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.

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.

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