Georgia Flesh-Eating Bacteria Victim's Condition Upgraded

Aimee Copeland was infected with flesh-eating bacteria — necrotizing fasciitis — on May 1, 2012. Since then surgeons have had to amputate both of her hands, part of her abdomen, one of her legs and her remaining foot in an effort to stay ahead of the disease.

Late last month, Copeland was breathing on her own and "cracking jokes," reported CNN. On Tuesday she reached another milestone by being upgraded from critical to serious condition. via CNN

The bacteria entered through a gash in her leg Copeland received after falling from a zip-line. While the bacteria doesn't exactly "eat" flesh, the toxins released by the micro-organisms destroy infected tissue.