Flesh-eating bacteria survivor Aimee Copeland thriving

- Aimee Copeland made national headlines in 2012 following a devastating zip lining accident. The Snellville native contracted a flesh-eating bacteria that threatened her life and led to amputations of both hands, her left leg and right foot. 

A lot has changed since then. Against all odds, she survived and is now living life to the fullest. 

"I knew I wanted to be alive," Copeland told Good Day Atlanta's Alyse Eady. 

Copeland was able to survive with the help of her friends and family as well as her faith and physical therapy. She now lives independently in her Atlanta home, which has become handicap accessible. 

"I feel an incredible amount of hope, I feel an incredible amount of bravery," Copeland said. "I feel an incredible amount of courage."

Copeland, who recently earned her second Masters degree, said she feels like she has more purpose than ever before. 

In a few months, Copeland will fulfill her dream of becoming a licensed social worker. 


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