Andy Copeland would seem to have every right to despair. Instead, he’s filled with hope.
Despite the odds, his 24-year-old daughter, Aimee, is alive — and getting better — regardless of the horrific and often-fatal disease afflicting her.
On May 1, Aimee was injured in a homemade zip-line accident, where she fell into a creek and cut her leg severely. In the process, she picked up a typically fatal bacterium from the water that eats away the skin. The infection caused a condition called “necrotizing fasciitis,” more widely known as “flesh-eating disease.”
As a result, Aimee has since lost her left leg, her right foot, and both hands.
“Her body is as strong as her spirit right now,” Copeland said Monday at a blood drive in his daughter’s honor at the University of South Carolina.
The drive is part of “Border Bash,” a blood drive competition between