Lips Read For Woman With Flesh-Eating Disease
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The parents of a young Georgia woman battling a flesh-eating bacterial infection say they've learned to read lips and are now able to communicate with their daughter. (May 14)

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[Location - Date:][Source:][VO:pic]THE PARENTS OF A GEORGIA WOMAN BATTLING A FLESH-EATING BACTERIAL INFECTION SAY THEY'VE LEARNED TO READ LIPS --AND ARE NOW COMMUNICATING WITH THEIR DAUGHTER.[Notes:PIC]WHILE ON N-B-C'S "TODAY" SHOW MONDAY - 24-YEAR-OLD AIMEE COPELAND'S (cope-land) PARENTS SAY SHE TOLD THEM SHE WAS THIRSTY - AND THAT ICE CREAM IS THE FIRST THING SHE WANTS WHEN SHE'S ABLE TO EAT ON HER OWN.[Notes:FILE VIDEO OF ZIP LINE]COPELAND CONTRACTED THE RARE INFECTION AFTER FALLING FROM A BROKEN ZIP LINE AND CUTTING HER LEG ON MAY 1ST.[Notes:PIC]DOCTORS HAD TO AMPUTATE MOST OF HER LEFT LEG -- [Notes:PIC OF WEBSITE]AND AN ONLINE UPDATE SAYS THAT SHE WILL LOSE HER FINGERS -- BUT THAT DOCTORS HOPE TO SAVE THE PALMS OF HER HANDS SO THAT SHE MAY BE ABLE TO USE PROSTHETICS SOME DAY.[Notes:FILE VIDEO OF SYRINGE]INFECTIONS BY SO-CALLED FLESH-EATING BACTERIA ARE RARE -- BUT CAN DESTROY MUSCLE, FAT, AND SKIN TISSUE.[Notes:PIC]DURING THEIR "TODAY" INTERVIEW - COPELAND'S PARENTS SAY THEIR DAUGHTER HAS NOT BEEN TOLD FO THE EXACT EXTENT OF HER INJURIES.JON BELMONT, ASSOCIATED PRESS.(****END****) ANCHOR VOICE: JON BELMONT-------------------------VIDEO PRODUCER: BOB MCCALL ---------------------------VIDEO SOURCE: HANDOUT PHOTOS, FILE VIDEO----------------------VIDEO APPROVAL: DAVID BRUNS----------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: NONE----------------------------------MARKET EMBARGO (S): NONE--------------------------------SCRIPT/WIRE SOURCE:g0421BC-GA--Flesh Eating Disease, 1st Ld-Writethru