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The Remarkable Recovery Of A Flesh-Eating Bacteria Victim

Aimee Copeland wasn't expected to survive the bacteria that invaded her system after a brutal zip-line fall. But after spending four months in recovery, she's finally home.

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This is Aimee Copeland, a 24-year-old psychology graduate student at the University of West Georgia.

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On May 1, Copeland fell from a broken zip-line. She suffered a deep cut to her right leg, which was invaded by a rare, flesh-eating bacterial infection called necrotizing fasciitis.

Aimee (left) and the Copeland family.

Aimee (left) and the Copeland family.

Copeland's father kept a blog of her recovery progress; at first, she wasn't expected to survive. Her left leg, right foot and both hands were amputated, and large patches of skin had to be replaced with skin grafts.

For a while, Copeland resisted pain medications out of personal beliefs. But the pain became so intolerable she eventually accepted them.

Copeland Family, File / AP
Courtesy Andy Copeland, File / AP

On July 2, Copeland was released from the hospital and went to rehab. On Aug. 22, she was finally able to go home.

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She's spent the last two weeks greeting friends and supporters and appearing on Katie to share her story of recovery.

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"I love life. It's a beautiful thing... even more so now," Copeland told host Katie Couric. "Everything smells better. Everything is more vibrant, more beautiful."

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