CARROLLTON, Ga. — A blood drive is being held at University of West Georgia for a student fighting a flesh-eating bacteria that threatens her life.

Aimee Copeland’s left leg has been amputated, and her parents say she will likely lose her fingers as well after the infection spread rapidly through her body.

The 24-year-old graduate student has been in critical condition at an Augusta hospital after the bacteria took hold in a cut she received while zip-lining over a river.

Gary Duke, Copeland’s boss at the cafe where she works in Carrollton, tells WSB-TV that townspeople are doing all they can to help her. The blood drive is planned for 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the school gym.


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