June 14th, 2012
09:57 PM ET

Flesh-eating bacteria victim 'courageous'

A California pastor became the first known death from a rare bacterial infection, necrotizing fasciitiis or what it's commonly know as "flesh-eating bacteria."

Pastor Linda Synder of United Methodist Church dies on Tuesday, the same day 24-year-old Aimee Copeland reach another milestone in her battle with the disease. Doctors upgrade Copeland's status from critical to serious condition.

Aimee Copeland's father Andy Copeland comes OutFront.

Georgia woman with flesh-eating bacteria gets skin graft

The young Georgia woman fighting a flesh-eating bacteria underwent a successful skin graft this week as she continues her astounding recovery.

The procedure was performed Monday on a massive wound left open when doctors were forced to remove tissue last month from Aimee Copeland's abdomen, side and hip in an effort to prevent the spread of the bacteria, according to an update posted on her father's blog Friday.

An additional skin graft was scheduled to be performed Friday, her father said, describing it as the "final initial graft procedure to close the open wound."


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