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June 27th, 2012
09:07 AM ET

Flesh-eating bacteria victim feels 'blessed' despite injuries

Aimee Copeland, the 24-year-old woman battling flesh-eating bacteria, may leave the hospital as early as next week. Doctors have upgraded her condition from serious to good.

Her father, Andy Copeland, tells CNN’s Soledad O’Brien on Starting Point that despite her injuries, his daughter feels blessed for the "unique opportunity that God has given [her]," explaining that she's looking forward to making the most of her disability.

Copeland has been fighting for her life since May, when a zip-lining accident left her with a rare bacterial infection. She lost both of her hands, her left leg and her right foot.

Yesterday, Aimee's mother and father took her outside for the first time in 49 days.

“She was just so excited,” Andy tells Soledad. “The whole world opened up for Aimee when she rolled out that door.”

Watch more from the interview with Aimee's father in the video above.

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