Aimee Copeland is battling a flesh-eating disease in a local hospital. (WRDW-TV / May 9, 2012)
News 12 at 6 o'clock / Friday, May 18, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Aimee Copeland has been in a hospital bed for more than two weeks now, and she is beginning to figure out why.
The 24-year-old has learned she will be losing her foot and fingers in her battle with flesh-eating bacteria.
Her response: "Let's do it."
Her father, Andy Copeland, says Aimee has finished a tracheotomy to get rid of the tube in her throat. She is undergoing treatment to get more blood flow in her hands and is also listening to music now.
Aimee has been mouthing the words to some of her favorite Jack Johnson songs and her humor is definitely still there.
When her dad told she was as priceless as the Mona Lisa, she mouthed, "I'm nothing like the Mona Lisa. She doesn't have eyebrows."
Perhaps, though, what she hasn't learned yet is the impact of her fight on others.
It's one that has people make quite a trip to honor her.
Andy Copeland has been using his daughter's story to not only help her, but all of those at the burn center, and people are responding.
On Friday, one after another, metro Atlanta Rotary Club members unloaded a bus.
"That's my first trip on a school bus," said Paul Posner with the Social Circle Rotary Club.
Gene Davis, president of the South Gwinnett Rotary Club, said, "Our rotary motto is service above self and normally that service is directed outward to others in need."
But, in this case it's one of their own.
"Andy is one of our Rotarians. He's been a member for seven years in our club," Davis said.
Andy has been secretary of South Gwinnett Rotary so his fellow Rotarians have made the two and a half hour trip.
Something South Gwinnett Rotarian Louis Young, says is "worth every minute."
Since Aimee contracted the infection, her father has been pushing for people to donate blood and people are listening.
"You know, it's just amazing how everybody has just rallied together to support Aimee and her family. That's just incredible to me. You expect things like that, but to live it, see what happens and to be a part of it is just amazing," said Rotarian Louis Young.
Coming up on Monday, this Rotary Club has set up a blood drive in their town of Snellville. They expect a huge turnout.
A fund has also been set up for Aimee to help pay for medical expenses.
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