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Flesh-eating disease victim Aimee Copeland leaves Georgia hospital

Aimee Copeland, the Georgia woman who was infected with a rare, flesh-eating disease, is seen in this undated file photo.
July 2, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Georgia woman who was infected with a rare, flesh-eating disease is now out of the hospital after an almost two-month stay.

Aimee Copeland, 24, left a hospital in Augusta on Monday and is headed to an inpatient rehabilitation clinic. The infection forced doctors to amputate Copeland's left leg, right foot and both hands.

At the clinic, Copeland will first learn to move around in wheelchair and later will be taught how to use prosthetic limbs. Her father said Aimee Copeland is looking forward to a time when she will be able to return to the hospital, using her prosthetic limbs.

"She's a very determined young lady," her father said. "When she sets her mind to something, she achieves it."

The University of West Georgia graduate student cut her leg in May after falling from a homemade zip-line along the Tallapoosa River. The bacteria entered her bloodstream through that cut.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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