Flesh-Eating Infection Can't Keep Georgia Resident From Earning a Master's Degree

By Catherine Groux
Posted July 05, 2012 09:52 AM

Nothing can keep Aimee Copeland from earning a college degree.
Nothing can keep Aimee Copeland from earning a college degree.
When graduate student Aimee Copeland fell from a broken zip-line and suffered a deep cut on her leg, her life changed forever. The Georgia resident contracted necrotizing fasciitis, a rare flesh-eating infection.

After losing her right foot, left leg and both hands, Copeland was recently discharged from the hospital, heading to an inpatient rehabilitation center in Atlanta, The Associated Press (AP) reports. Even in this new facility, Copeland knows she will face her fair share of obstacles, but she is determined to not let any of them deter her from achieving her ultimate goal - earning a master's degree.

According to Reuters, Copeland plans to finish her Master's degree in Psychology at the University of West Georgia, which she was attending before she contracted the disease. There, Copeland will write a thesis on wilderness therapy, and her father added that, given her unique experience, she may cover how wilderness therapy can help amputees.

Stating that his daughter hopes to walk at graduation in December, Andy Copeland marvels at her persistence.

"She's a very determined young lady," he told the AP. "When she sets her mind on something, she achieves it."

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