Aimee Copeland is still recovering, but is considered well enough to leave a Augusta hospital and head to a rehabilitation center closer to home.
After almost two months of amputations and surgeries the 24-year-old graduate student, who lost her hands, left leg and right foot to a flesh-eating disease is on her way to recovery.
During an accident fall, which included a homemade zip-line, Copeland cut her calf and landed in the Little Tallapoosa River which left her in critical condition for quite some time.
“She’s a very determined young lady,” Copeland’s father, Andy Copeland, told the Associated Press. “When she sets her mind to something, she achieves it.”
Her private rehabilitation facility will not be disclosed to the public as the family is looking forward to some much-needed privacy. There she will learn how to maneuver a wheelchair, and use prosthetic limbs.
According to Andy Copeland his daughter’s farewell from Augusta hospital was bittersweet.
“She hated to see a lot of people she loves, to say good-bye,” he told the AP. “The sweet is that she is moving on to the next phase.”
Aimee will undergo months of intense rehab.
“The first step is to provide patients with self-independence,” said Dr. Alberto Esquenazi, chief medical officer of MossRehab in Philadelphia. “Right now, someone has to feed her, help her with hygiene, turn on lights, open doors. … But some simple devices can help her do these things herself.”