National AP News | WCTV Eyewitness News: Tallahassee, Thomasville, Valdosta

Flesh-Eating Disease Victim Gets Bionic Hands

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
A woman who lost both hands, her left leg and right foot after contracting a flesh-eating disease has been fitted with bionic hands.

Touch Bionics' "i-limb ultra revolution" bionic hands are seen in this image from the company's website. Aimee Copeland, a 24-year-old Ga. woman who survived a flesh-eating infection last year, reportedly received these bionic hands from the Ohio-based company. / Touch Bionics

Associated Press Release

ATLANTA (AP) -- A woman who lost both hands, her left leg and right foot after contracting a flesh-eating disease has been fitted with bionic hands.

Andy Copeland told the Associated Press on Friday that his 25-year-old daughter, Aimee, was fitted with a pair of hands with 24 programmable functions that will improve her dexterity.

Copeland contracted a rare infection called necrotizing fasciitis in May 2012 after falling from a zip line and gashing her leg. She spent two months at the Shepherd Center, a rehabilitation clinic in Atlanta, learning to move, eat and bathe without prosthetics.

Andy Copeland says Aimee recorded videos of her using the hands to pick up a potato chip and cut a cucumber.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WCTV 1801 Halstead Blvd. Tallahassee, FL 32309
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 207962231 - wctv.tv/a?a=207962231