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Lips read for woman with flesh-eating disease

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Ken Lewis, left, hugs Allison Schmitt following a vigil for University of West Georgia student Aimee Copeland Thursday, May 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Times-Georgian, Cliff Williams) Ken Lewis, left, hugs Allison Schmitt following a vigil for University of West Georgia student Aimee Copeland Thursday, May 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Times-Georgian, Cliff Williams)
Paige Copeland, 25, of Gwinnett, sits with her mother Donna and speaks about her sister Aimee's strength and her hope for Aimee's recovery from a devastating bacterial infection known as necrotizing fasciitis, in Augusta, Ga., Thursday, May 10, 2012. Paige Copeland, 25, of Gwinnett, sits with her mother Donna and speaks about her sister Aimee's strength and her hope for Aimee's recovery from a devastating bacterial infection known as necrotizing fasciitis, in Augusta, Ga., Thursday, May 10, 2012.

ATLANTA (AP) — 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.

Speaking on NBC's "Today" show Monday, Andy Copeland says his daughter Aimee Copeland told them she was thirsty, and that ice cream is the first thing she wants when she's able to eat on her own.

Copeland says in online updates that 24-year-old Aimee Copeland will lose her fingers but doctors hope to save the palms of her hands, which could allow her to use prosthetics.

The illness has already led doctors in Augusta to amputate most of her left leg. She contracted the rare infection, called necrotizing fasciitis, after falling from a broken zip line and gashing her leg May 1.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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