No matter how rare the flesh eating bacteria that has a girl from Georgia struggling for her life is, it will ALWAYS be extremely scary to us.
The condition is called necrotizing fasciitis, and will probably result in her losing her fingers (and possibly hands) while already having lost extremities. Ultimately, though, she is fighting for her life, as 1 in 5 of these cases is fatal.
But that number isn't specific to the super rare form that she has — so rare that there aren't really survival statistics on it. Her case is one of a few reported in the past decade of Aeromonas hydrophila.
The bacteria is common for warm backwaters like ponds and streams and lakes, and almost every single time nothing will happen. Especially if there isn't an existing wound. Aimee Copeland unfortunately had an existing wound from a home-made zip line accident that sent her into the water below.
Here's what one expert said:
"I could dive in that same stream, in the same place, and if I don't injure myself I'm going to be perfectly fine. It's not going to get on the surface of my skin and burrow in. It doesn't do that."
No matter how rare it is, though, it's still terrifying.
And we're hoping that Aimee can pull through — nobody deserves to go through this.
Stay strong, Aimee!
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