Health Highlights: May 20, 2013

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  • Victim of Flesh-Eating Bacteria Demonstrates New Bionic Hands

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Victim of Flesh-Eating Bacteria Demonstrates New Bionic Hands

Aimee Copeland, the young woman who lost her hands, a leg and a foot to necrotizing fasciitis (the "flesh-eating" bacteria) last year, is now using high-tech bionic hands to do everyday chores, CNN reported Monday.

Copeland, a University of West Georgia graduate student, contracted the bacterial infection after she suffered a gash to her leg in a zip-lining accident on May 1, 2012. Doctors were forced to perform multiple amputations to save her life.

Demonstrating the new bionic hands for media, Copeland told CNN she is most looking forward to cleaning her house on her own again, and cooking.

"I really want to be able to get back in the kitchen and start cooking some delicious vegetarian meals for myself," she said. The new hand "mimics so well a natural hand that it really just reminds me of before the accident, how I would have done things," Copeland added. "I never thought I would actually be able to hold a knife and cut something. That's just incredible."

The bionic hands do carry a hefty price tag, costing over $120,000 each. Copeland is set to receive a prosthetic leg later this year, CNN said, and she is working to complete her Master's degree by the end of the year.

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