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The father of a 24 year old woman from Georgia who is battling a life threatening flesh eating bacteria.
Today said his daughter is improving more rapidly than they expected.
And that she is alert and bored enough that she even asked for a book to read.
But the father's optimism is -- no doubt by a harsh medical reality his daughter is still in critical condition.
Doctors have amputated one leg cut off part of her torso.
And may have to cut off all of her fingers.
Her parents say they've not told her yet about the extent of the injuries.
Earlier this month Amy Copeland that's a victim cut open her calf when she fell off a homemade zip line.
Doctors cleaned it stapled that -- but the bacteria had already -- system.
Amy's been on a respirator for more than a week now but her parents say they can read her lips.
And they say -- -- first two questions were where MI.
And how long have I've been here.
First Dallas live -- more -- that there was a blood drive for her.
-- -- just finished up a short time ownership of the turnout was exceptional hundreds of people came out to give blood it was organized by her father who has spent so much time recently in the hospital.
That he realized the need for blood was great not just for any but for others as well the blood drive was held at the university of western Georgia were Amy is actually getting her masters in psychology.
Fellow students and friends are trying to give her the tools.
To keep fighting listen.
Right now as a community we are doing -- -- that's who have combined to the other states -- this stay strong stay positive.
And through our personal faults we are we are hoping that she Q consensus that and that -- what it is -- to allow her.
To -- on the.
And on that note to stay positive the students are also organizing another blood -- -- for June 1 our doctors confident -- they've got to control of this bacteria.
There are a lot more confident today than they were a couple of days ago but clearly she has a long way to go they're still very concerned about as you said her fingers as well as her right foot because that the blood vessels are beginning to die there.
They're hoping the very least they can save her palms the palms of her hands that way she can use prosthetic fingers she is no breathing better and getting stronger and now it's really about making sure she has the right drugs to fight the bacteria here's Dr.
Manny Alvarez was.
When -- dealing with that group -- -- fresh ideas of of this degree.
You basically are fighting and nuclear war.
You're fighting by giving tremendous amounts of medications.
To kill the bacteria.
You're giving tremendous amounts of dedication to keep her organs functioning because they will Begin to fail.
Her father's actually keeping an online blog -- set a lighter moment happened last night when she was trying to say she wanted something he thought she wanted lamb chops and turned out she actually wanted her.
Laptops and that's another good sign for -- -- good side indeed but some harsh realities in Georgia Trace Gallagher thanks so much the --
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