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Monday, May 14, 2012

Aimee Copeland's parents talk to Today

Aimee Copeland, the University of West Georgia grad student who contracted a flesh eating disease when she fell from a broken zip line near the Little Tallapoosa River, is still in critical condition in the burn unit of an Augusta hospital. But her parents say they're encouraged by signs that she's improving, for instance, that they've been able to read her lips with the help of a nurse — and she says she wants ice cream.

Sadly, it doesn't appear that Aimee is aware what's happened to her since the accident. After doctors discovered she'd contracted a flesh eating bacteria, her left leg was amputated at the hip and there's a chance she could lose her right foot and her fingers. The Copelands say Aimee has asked things like where she is, how long she's been there, and whether she's missed school or work.

Here's what the Copelands had to say to the Today Show's Ann Curry this morning ...

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