Another Outpouring of Love for Aimee Copeland
The victim of a flesh-eating disease will return home to a specially constructed addition to her family home — free of charge.
A day after her hometown presented her family with a $19,000 check to aid her medical costs, Aimee Copeland — the victim of a flesh-eating bacteria — will return to a new addition to her family home designed with her special needs in mind, according to her father, Andy.
A national builder, Pulte Homes, along with more than two dozen trade partners, plans to build the family — at no charge — a 1,956-square-foot addition to the family's Snellville, Ga., home in time for Aimee's return from a rehabilitation hospital sometime within the next two months.
Copeland is undergoing rehab following a lengthy hospital stay. Copeland, 24, lost all of her left leg, her right foot, and both hands. The limbs were amputated after Copeland contracted necrotizing fasciitis, a disease caused by a flesh-eating bacterium that entered a wound on Copeland's leg following a zipline accident.
The new wing to her parent's home in Snellville is expected to be completed within 40 days, the national homebuilder announced Tuesday. It will be ready for Copeland's return from six-to-eight weeks in rehab.
According to this report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "The new addition is being built with Copeland's independence in mind. The two-story space features a new bedroom, fitness room for rehabilitation, a planning center — an open room with accessibility and views to Copeland's main space, that will serve as her study — and an elevator to access other parts of the home, such as the kitchen.
Pulte officials estimate the value of the addition at about $150,000.
"Aimee's story and recovery has inspired many of us here at Pulte, and we were compelled to find a way to help," said Stephen Haines, vice president of sales for Pulte Homes in Georgia. "It is our honor to be a part of this generous community that has rallied together to help improve Aimee's quality of life..."
Copeland's father, a Spartanburg native and USC graduate, said in his blog he was blown away by the news.
"As I sit here and type I realize just how fortunate I am, we are, to have hands," Copeland wrote. "Take a moment tonight, tomorrow, every doggone day, to thank God for what you have. Taking time to realize your blessings makes life all the more worth living."
Meantime, Copeland said his daughter is "knocking it out in rehab."
"I sat with her today, watching her determined effort as she exerted herself through her exercise regimen. Her face was red and the vein in her neck was bulging as she pressed herself into her repetitions with serious determination. It’s like she was training for the Olympics," Copeland wrote.
"She goes through several half hours a day of this kind of workout," Copeland added in his blog. "I think her effort is on a par with the effort displayed by our Olympian athletes. She never slowed her pace, she never complained and she even laughed with us as she went through her paces."