Student Hit by Flesh-Eating Bacteria Gets Bionic Hands

Aimee Copeland continues recovery

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted May 18, 2013 11:23 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Georgia woman who lost both hands, her left leg, and her right foot after contracting a flesh-eating disease has been fitted with prosthetic hands. Aimee Copeland, 25, has been fitted with a pair of hands with 24 programmable functions that will improve her dexterity. She got the "i-limbs" from Touch Bionics of Ohio in exchange for serving as an ambassador of sorts for the company. Normally, they cost about $120,000 each.

"I really want to be able to get back in the kitchen and start cooking some delicious vegetarian meals for myself," the grad student tells CNN. 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 a rehab clinic in Atlanta, learning to move, eat, and bathe without prosthetics, and now lives in a newly constructed wing of her parents' home. She hopes to have a prosthetic leg later this year.

In this June 23, 2012, file photo, Aimee Copeland poses with her parents, Andy and Donna Copeland, outside Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Ga.
In this June 23, 2012, file photo, Aimee Copeland poses with her parents, Andy and Donna Copeland, outside Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Ga.   (AP Photo/Copeland Family, File)
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