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In May 2012, Aimee Copeland was a 24-year-old masters student at The University of Georgia. One day on a lark, she and her friends headed off to a local river for some fun in the sun.
They discovered a makeshift zip-line and decided to try it out. Little did Aimee know that one small decision would change her life forever.
As Aimee zip-lined above the water, the wire suddenly broke. She fell downward 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.
Fast forward four years. Aimee is now 28, and she recently shared a photo of herself that’s going viral — all thanks to her incredible message of self-esteem, and a bright pink bikini…
Over the years, Aimee learned to adjust to life as an amputee. 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 completed her master’s degree in social work.
“It has taken me a long time to become comfortable with and accept my new body,” she writes in the now viral Facebook post.
“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.”
Aimee is such an inspiration to us all. Please SHARE her story with your friends on Facebook!
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