Georgia Flesh-Eating Bacteria Victim's Condition Upgraded
Aimee Copeland was infected with flesh-eating bacteria — necrotizing fasciitis — on May 1, 2012. Since then surgeons have had to amputate both of her hands, part of her abdomen, one of her legs and her remaining foot in an effort to stay ahead of the disease.
The bacteria entered through a gash in her leg Copeland received after falling from a zip-line. While the bacteria doesn't exactly "eat" flesh, the toxins released by the micro-organisms destroy infected tissue.