Flesh-Eating Disease Victim Gets 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
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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.


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