Flesh-eating victim: “I feel like I’ve been blessed”
by Shawn King
Aimee Copeland—a 24-year-old Georgia woman who has spent more than two months recovering after contracting a rare flesh-eating bacteria in a zip line accident—has been released from the hospital, officials at Doctors Hospital in Augusta said Monday.
Copeland, who had one of her legs and most of both hands amputated and endured multiple skin grafts while fighting the Aeromonas hydrophila bacteria, will now spend the next several weeks in a rehab facility.
“I don’t have any regrets about what has happened,” she said, according to her father. “I don’t focus on what I’ve lost, I would rather focus on what I’ve gained. I feel like I’ve been blessed.”
Maybe I don’t have enough faith in my life. Maybe I’m too cynical, too jaded. But I find it hard to believe someone who has gone through such a horrific episode could say she was “blessed”.
Granted, I don’t know the context – maybe she’s thankful to just be alive (understandable) but usually when people say they are “blessed”, it’s in a religious context. As your God “gave” you the disease, I find it hard to understand how you could feel blessed that He cured you while taking so much away from you. I’m not saying her feelings are a bad thing – I’m saying I don’t personally understand them.
Regardless, I wish Ms Copeland well in her rehabilitation and hope life gets better for her.