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Aimee Copeland to talk, walk with Katie Couric

Aimee Copeland will visit with Katie Couric today on her new show, "Katie." Photo credit: Channel 2 Action News

Aimee Copeland will visit with Katie Couric today on her new show, "Katie." Photo credit: Channel 2 Action News

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.

14 comments Add your comment

ChristianOnTheFlint

September 11th, 2012
8:05 am

Go Amiee! We’re still praying for you.
Thank you God and continue to bless Amiee and her Family!

Denise Cook

September 11th, 2012
8:05 am

I am so happy to hear that Aimee has such a great and positive attitude about her self. She’s a fighter and I am so amazed at her recovery. She’s is a great inspiration to others out there that are battling with a disease or similiar things. God Bless You!

southerngurl

September 11th, 2012
8:47 am

Aimee, you have an amazing spirit and resilience that I strive to conquer. I have read all about your story and have gained a tremendous sense of what life really should be about. Continue to inspire with your heart and your mind. There is no material item in the world that could ever replace your heart and soul. May God bless you. Now, to use your words, “Let’s do this!”

Road Scholar

September 11th, 2012
8:54 am

It is interesting that Aimee is doing this interview on the anniversary of 9/11, but with people like her, our troops who have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the survivors of the attack, our country can not fail.Moving forward. Aimee, God Bless.

I wonder if they considered...

September 11th, 2012
9:52 am

That Aimee might not want to live at home with her parents? Don’t get me wrong, the $200,000 extension is an outstanding and thoughtful gift from Pulte, but from what I’ve read independence seems to be a hallmark of Aimee’s personality… what if she just wants to go back to where she was living to be with her friends?

missbliss

September 11th, 2012
12:28 pm

I’m guessing they built the extension at her parents home because she’s probably still got months, if not longer, of regular physical therapy and doctor’s appointments ahead of her. I’m sure she’d love to go live w/her friends again, but if they’re students, it’s likely they won’t have the time to provide the transportation and aid she’ll need for the for the near future.

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[...] Aimee Copeland to talk, walk with Katie Couric – 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. [...]

Lori Spaz

September 11th, 2012
3:45 pm

Aimee I just saw you on the Katie show and I was having an emotional day until I saw you on this program even though it made me cry and more emotional your attitude, faith and smile put a smile on my face. Oh they just gave you your new car have a blast driving and don’t forget no texting and driving. All my love and stay strong!!!!!!!!!!!

Tami Boyett

September 11th, 2012
3:46 pm

I hope I can have the same courage as Aimee in my current life situation I’ve been thrown into. I lost my only child in war and seeing how strong Aimee is gives me encouragement and the love and faith of her family that I can do this too. Thank you for sharing this story.

herminio padilla

September 11th, 2012
3:58 pm

I JUST WATCHED THE SEGMENT ON KATIES SHOW ABOUT AIMEE.WOW, IT JUST GOES TO SHOW HOW EASILY SOMEONES LIFE CAN CHANGE IN A MATTER OF AN INSTANCE. AIMEE,YOU MAY NOT HAVE YOUR HANDS , A LEG OR FEET BUT YOU HAVE YOUR LIFE.YOUR STILL VERY BEAUTIFUL,INTELLIGENT AND FULL OF VIBRANT ENERGY.DESPITE THIS UNFORTUNATE ACCIDENT,YOU WILL BE JUST FINE.YOU WILL STILL GRADUATE,HAVE KIDS AND BE A WONDERFUL WIFE TO A VERY LUCKY MAN.GOD HAS BLESSED YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.I KNOW YOU WILL MAKE THE MOST OF THE BLESSING!!!

Ellen M

September 12th, 2012
8:59 am

I am one of the anonymous public that has been thinking of the challenges with a mix of support and admiration. Once all of the attention dies down (though I think you will always have the support of a nation), I would read and listen to Eckhart Tolle.

jen

September 12th, 2012
10:49 am

what an amazing young lady! She is so strong and beautiful! I wish her the best and i will keep her in my prayers

MICHELE SAMUSICK

September 14th, 2012
1:35 pm

I MISSED THE SHOW. I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL FIGHTING THE FLESH EATING DISEASE WHEN I SAW AIMEE’S STORY ON THE NEWS. I KNEW SHE WAS GOING TO BE OK. SHE APPEARD TO HAVE SUCH A ZEST FOR LIFE. SHE SEEMED SO STRONG. I KNEW IT WASN’T THE END, BUT JUST THE START OF HER LIFE. I WAS VERY CURIOUS ABOUT OTHERS WITH THE FLESH EATING BACTERIA. JUST WANTED TO SEE IF THERE WAS ANYTHING IN COMMON. DOESN’T APPEAR THAT THERE IS. I COULD’T DO ANYTHING FOR MYSELF EITHER, BUT EVERYTIME I THOUGHT OF AIMEE AND BETHANY HAMILTON ( THE GIRL WHO GOT HER ARM BIT OFF BY A SHARK) IT GAVE BE THE STRENGHT TO GET BETTER MYSELF.
AIMEE I DON’T KNOW YOU, BUT I THINK OF YOU OFTEN. HAVE A GOOD LIFE.