Young Amputee Proudly Poses For Vacation Photos, Scars And All

Jun 16, 2016 By Archit Tripathi

Life is full of surprises. Some can be incredibly pleasant, like finding the love of your life by accident, while others can turn your whole world upside down. Our character is tested most whenever tragedy strikes, and it takes a great deal of inner strength and resilience to be able to bounce back from a major setback. 

Take the case of Aimee Copeland, for instance. This vivacious young woman probably never imagined that a simple day out on the water with her friends would result in a struggle for her life.

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In May of 2012, Aimee was a master's student at the University of Georgia. One day, she and some friends decided to spend a summer afternoon by a local river. The group found a makeshift zip-line, which they decided to try out. That's when tragedy struck.

As Aimee was high above the water, the zip-line wire suddenly broke, and she fell hard on the rocks below. She suffered a massive gash in her leg, which doctors stapled up. A few days later, Aimee felt strange and returned to the hospital, where doctors found that her wound had been infected with flesh-eating bacteria (possibly from the river). What's more, five of her organs were failing as a result of the infection.

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In order to save her life, doctors had to amputate all of her limbs. Both arms were amputated below the elbow, along with her right leg below the knee, and almost the entirety of her left leg.

Aimee Copeland

Aimee has had to adjust to life as an amputee over the years, but she hasn't let it stop her. Thanks to rehab and state-of-the-art prosthetics, she lives a fairly normal life and is able to perform everyday tasks like cooking and cleaning by herself. She also finished her master's degree in social work and is now an advocate for the disabled.

Still, there were rough patches. Aimee's boyfriend of three years was no longer attracted to her. After it got "really unhealthy for [her] and really bad for [her] self-esteem," she ended it in 2014. Now, she's got a new man in her life who thinks her body is perfect!

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He does look like a pretty nice guy! Good for you, Aimee!

During a recent vacation in Puerto Rico, Aimee decided to pose for a vacation pic.

Aimee Copeland

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She removed her prosthetics and proudly raised her arms to reveal herself to the world - scars and all.

Aimee Copeland

"It has taken me a long time to become comfortable with and accept my new body," she said in a Facebook post that has since gone viral.

"We are ALL made with imperfections and there is so much beauty in our flaws. The scars and skin grafting build character! It’s not about what you have — what you do with what you have is what really counts."

Check out the video below to learn more about Aimee's incredible journey.

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