The University of Georgia is holding a blood drive for an alumna battling a rare flesh-eating bacteria.
The blood drive was held for Aimee Copeland at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Her father had challenged the school to an ongoing blood donation competition.
Following a fall from a homemade zip line on May 1, Copeland contracted the bacteria that caused her to lose both her hands, a leg and her other foot. On Tuesday, doctors upgraded her condition from critical to serious. She is two weeks away from beginning rehab and getting fitted for prostheses.
Copeland, 24, is a University of West Georgia graduate student. Her case has gained national attention, prompting numerous blood drives since her hospitalization.
Copeland’s father, Andy, continually updates his daughter’s condition on her Facebook page. He calls her recovery miraculous.
"Each breath is a victory," he wrote in a post. "Each heartbeat is a cause for celebration."