published Monday, June 18th, 2012

Woman battling flesh-eating disease has more pain

This undated photo provided by the family shows Aimee Copeland, the 24-year-old Georgia graduate student fighting to survive a flesh-eating bacterial infection. Copeland is refusing to take pain medications during some procedures, partly because of her personal convictions. She despises the use of morphine in her treatment, despite its effectiveness at blocking her pain, her father said in a Friday, June 15, 2012 update on his daughter’s condition. (AP Photo/Copeland Family)
This undated photo provided by the family shows Aimee Copeland, the 24-year-old Georgia graduate student fighting to survive a flesh-eating bacterial infection. Copeland is refusing to take pain medications during some procedures, partly because of her personal convictions. She despises the use of morphine in her treatment, despite its effectiveness at blocking her pain, her father said in a Friday, June 15, 2012 update on his daughter’s condition. (AP Photo/Copeland Family)
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ATLANTA (AP) — The father of a Georgia woman battling a flesh-eating disease says his daughter has been suffering the worst pain of her entire ordeal.

Andy Copeland says his daughter, Aimee, sometimes cries from the pain but stops because crying hurts her stomach. She had resisted taking pain medications in recent days.

Andy Copeland said in a Father's Day post on his blog that she's now taking morphine and other medications, but they aren't enough to block severe pain, which has now spread beyond painful amputation sites.

The 24-year-old woman developed necrotizing fasciitis after cutting her leg in a fall May 1 from a homemade zip line over a west Georgia river. Her left leg, other foot and both hands have been amputated. She's being treated at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

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