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Angie Copeland: The story behind a homeless Fayetteville woman with a double amputation

Posted December 27, 2019 6:14 p.m. EST
Updated December 27, 2019 6:30 p.m. EST

— Some people in Fayetteville are wondering why no one is helping a double amputee who has been living on the streets.

WRAL News spoke Friday with the woman who, despite having multiple offers of places to stay, chooses to make the streets her home.

For the past two months, people traveling along the 900 block of Person Street in Fayetteville have watched the pile of trash bags grow. In the middle of all the debris sits Angie Copeland, a double amputee who lost her legs in 2015.

"I have a history of amputees in my family," said Copeland. "My mother was an amputee. My grandfather, my aunts and uncles, they were amputees."

The amputation was based on a doctor's diagnosis of gangrene.

Copeland graduated from Hoke County High School. She has a home in Hoke County and several children who have tried to get her off the street. Countless agencies and churches have also reached out to her.

"True Vine Church, right directly behind us, has a Hope Center," she said. "I spent a lot of time there. The citizens and members of Cumberland County have been phenomenal."

Ella Johnson is one of the locals who brings help and hope to Copeland. She supplies items like trash bags, water, soap and baby wipes.

According to Copeland, the Department of Social Services has offered her financial assistance and a place to stay, but she's turned it down. Despite the gestures of good will, Copeland is defiant and determined not to go inside.

She said she's just taking it one day at a time. "You know, what might be gloomy to another person is a joyful day to another," she said.

Copeland said she knows it's going to work out for her good.

Two hours after the interview Copeland needed medical attention and was taken by ambulance to the hospital. Her condition is unknown.

Meanwhile, several organizations continue to offer her a place to stay.

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