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Condition of GA woman with flesh-eating disease upgraded

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AUGUSTA, GA (AP) -

The condition of a Georgia woman battling a flesh-eating disease has been upgraded.

Doctors Hospital of Augusta announced Tuesday that the condition of Aimee Copeland has changed from critical to serious. The hospital said serious condition indicates a patient is acutely ill and has unstable vital signs.

Copeland's father, Andy Copeland, says doctors believe his daughter should be out of intensive care and ready to move into the hospital's rehabilitation clinic in two or three weeks. Copeland said his daughter has been talking with her doctors about using meditation and other holistic techniques to manage her pain instead of drugs.

The 24-year-old graduate student developed necrotizing fasciitis after cutting her leg in a fall on May 1 from a zip line. Her left leg, other foot and both hands have been amputated.

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