Aimee Copeland will walk today, on national television.
Day 2 of Katie Couric’s new daytime talk show, “Katie,” will feature an interview with the 24-year-old from Snellville whose battle with a rare, flesh-decaying bacteria resulted in multiple amputations. In order to save her life, surgeons at Doctors Hospital in Augusta had to cut off her left leg, her right foot and both hands.
“Katie” airs at 3 p.m. weekdays on Channel 2.
Throughout her ordeal the University of West Georgia graduate student kept a positive attitude. Her strong will and fighting spirit has generated national attention in the months following the accident that resulted in contact with the rare bacteria. Her family has kept supporters updated on her progress online at aimeecopeland.com, and today they will be able to see the young woman they’ve been virtually cheering on.
“Still facing a rigorous recovery process and learning to use her prosthetics, Aimee defies all odds and walks, for the first time, onto Katie’s stage, demonstrating extraordinary strength and courage,” said a statement from the show. “Aimee shares her story of survival, how she encouraged those closest to her during this trying period and discusses her new life.”
Soon after Copeland was injured in May in a zip-line accident, doctors gave her slim odds at survival. Following the surgeries and months of rehab, which involved being fitted with prosthetics, Copeland returned home last month. Her family’s home has been adapted for her needs, thanks to a new, $200,000 two-story wing donated by builder Pulte Homes. It includes a living room, bedroom, fitness room, sunroom, study, three outdoor areas and an elevator that was paid for using donations collected during a fundraiser the city of Snellville held in July.
Copeland, who has not yet spoken publicly about her experience, will thank supporters at an appearance on the Snellville green on Sept. 14.