A True Horror Story – Aimee Copeland – IELTS Essay Practice

By | August 18, 2013

The True Horror Story of Aimee Copeland


Necrotizing fasciitis of the leg

A person’s life can change from one small event. Have you heard of Aimee Copeland?

Aimee is an American who contracted necrotizing fasciitis.  This is flesh eating disease. With flesh eating disease, bacteria destroy the skin and muscle on a person’s body. These bacteria ate a part of Aimee’s leg. This disease is scary. It is also painful, and some people die from it.  How did this happen to AImee?

Aimee was ziplining near a river when she fell into the water. The bacteria in the water entered her leg through the cut. Amy contracted this terrible infection that destroyed part of her leg and some fingers.

This disease is very rare.  Only a few people get it in 50 years.  Sadly for Aimee, doctors will have to cut off her right leg and some of her fingers.  However, Aimee and her family are very happy that she is still alive. Her life seems like a horror story, but she can still decide to live a full life.

Can this happen to you? If you protect yourself, you can limit your chances to get it.

Here is how to protect yourself:

1. If you have a large cut, don’t go swimming!
2. Clean your cut well, and make sure your cut gets some air.
3. If you have this infection, go to the doctor right away to get medicine. 


1. What is the medical name for flesh eating disease?
2. What happens to people who get this disease?
3. What parts of Aimee’s body were hurt from flesh eating disease?
4. What will happen to Aimee at the hospital?
5. Why is Aimee’s family still happy?
6. What is one thing you can to to stay away from flesh eating disease?
7. What is meant by “right away”?


You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
People with disabilities are often treated differently. Do you think that people with disabilities should be treated the same or differently? Why or why not? If so, in what ways should they be treated differently?
Write at least 250 words.

One thought on “A True Horror Story – Aimee Copeland – IELTS Essay Practice

  1. Anonymous

    I know this is older, but Aimee wasn’t swimming. She was ziplining and the equipment malfunctioned. She fell into the water and injured her leg.


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