published Monday, July 1st, 2013

Flesh-eating disease victim in Georgia receives service dog

SNELLVILLE, Ga. — A metro Atlanta woman is moving forward in her recovery from a battle with flesh-eating bacteria.

WSB-TV reports 25-year-old Aimee Copeland, of Snellville, met her new service dog on Sunday. The labradoodle named Belle visited Copeland to get acquainted with her new surroundings. She will train for another month at the PSD Academy & Registry in Cocoa, Fla., before permanently returning to Georgia.

Belle will help Copeland with daily tasks, such as turning off lights and retrieving her medicine.

Copeland contracted a rare infection called necrotizing fasciitis in May 2012 after falling from a zip line and gashing her leg. The disease forced doctors to amputate both of her hands, her left leg and her right foot. She’s partnering with PSD to create a nonprofit called Paws of Mind.

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