Aimee Copeland is a fun-loving masters student at The University of Georgia. She went on a small trip to a local river to relax with some friends in the sun however little did she know that this decision would change her life forever…
Aimee and her friends found a zip-line above the water and decided to try it out. When it was Aimee’s turn, the wire suddenly snapped. She fell down onto the rocks and suffered a huge gash in her leg. Doctors put 22 staples in her calf, but a few days later Aimee began to feel strange. Back at the hospital, she learned she contracted a flesh-eating bacteria – and five of her organs were failing. In order to save her life, doctors had to amputate all four of her limbs. Both arms were amputated below the elbow, her right leg below the knee, and her left leg to her hip.
Aimee had to restart her life and learn how to redo many things. She completed rehab and was fitted with state-of-the-art prosthetic hands that enabled her to live a normal life and perform everyday activities on her own, like cooking and cleaning.
Aimee also become an advocate for the disabled and also went back to university to complete her master’s degree in social work.
In the meantime, Aimee also found love! She says she feels accepted and completely loved by her boyfriend (pictured above).
That’s when they decided to go on holiday to Puerto Rico and Aimee built up the courage to share an amazing photo of herself.
She removed her prosthetic hands, proudly raised her arms, and revealed herself to the world — scars, amputated limbs and all.
“It has taken me a long time to become comfortable with and accept my new body,” Amy shares. “We are ALL made with imperfections and there is so much beauty in our flaws. The scars and skin grafting build character! It’s not about what you have – what you do with what you have is what really counts.”
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