In 2012, at the age of 24, Aimee Copeland was a graduate student at The University of Georgia.
That year, she decided to take a few days off to celebrate the final weeks of high school with her closest friends before graduating.
They planned a trip to a small lake specifically to zipline across its surface. The courageous group was eager to give it a shot right away.
Aimee had no idea how drastically her life was about to alter at that very second. The breathtaking scenery below can be viewed while zipping along a long, stretched wire. It is very safe to do so in most cases.
When Aimee’s turn came, though, everything went tragically wrong. As the cable snapped, Aimee fell rapidly toward the edge of the cliff. She had an arm amputated that day.
Aimee was taken to the hospital, but the misery did not end there. The doctors found out that it was actually considerably worse. The 24-year-old was in grave danger because flesh-eating bacteria had invaded the wound.
She developed necrotizing fasciitis, often known as flesh-eating disease, after the bacteria Aeromonas hydrophila invaded a deep incision on her leg following the accident.
After 11 operations and rigorous rehabilitation, Aimee was able to manage her condition, but she lost the use of both her hands and both of her legs.
Four years after the accident, this picture of the warrior was going viral on social media and inspiring a lot of people there. Aimee made a slow but sure transition to her new life.
Aimee is wearing a bikini on the beach and proudly showing off her scars and amputations.
She admitted, “It has taken me a very long time to accept and embrace my new body.” There is great value in our unique defects because we each have a unique design. Scars and skin grafts are part of what make a person unique. What you do with your resources is more important than the resources themselves.
In 2023, Aimee Copeland is still speaking up for amputee and disability rights and inspiring people through her social media and public appearances.
In addition to her advocacy work, Aimee is pursuing a doctorate in psychology at UWG.
If you want to know more, check out this video:
What a strong and courageous woman you are, Aimee! You definitely inspire each and every one of us. Please share this story with your friends and family today on Facebook if you also find Aimee incredibly brave.