Aimee Copeland to visit 'Katie'

 Katie Couric, left, says Aimee Copeland, right, will be a guest on her new show.

Katie Couric, left, says Aimee Copeland, right, will be a guest on her new show.

NEW YORK (AP) — Katie Couric says a guest on her upcoming talk show will be Aimee Copeland, the Snellville woman who survived a rare flesh-eating disease.

Copeland, a 24-year-old grad student, will be interviewed on Couric’s new show, “Katie,” airing Sept. 11. The show announced Tuesday that with the help of her prosthetics, Copeland will walk onto the stage.

Copeland contracted the rare infection in May after falling from a zip line and gashing her leg. Doctors had to amputate both hands, her left leg and right foot. She returned home last week after three months in the hospital and a rehabilitation clinic.

Still facing a rigorous recovery process, Copeland will discuss her story of survival.

Airing weekdays, the syndicated “Katie” premieres Sept. 10, when its guests will include Jessica Simpson and Sheryl Crow.

Copeland, a South Gwinnett High School grad, will also make a public appearance on Sept. 14 in Snellville. Few details have been announced, but Snellville Mayor Pro Tem Tom Witts said last week the appearance would take place on the city’s town green.

“The plans are not firm at the moment,” Witts told the Daily Post.

— Staff Writer Tyler Estep contributed to this article


mickey 2 years, 10 months ago

I really do have tremendous respect for Aimee. And pray for her. But, I guess having your arms and legs amputated in battle in Iraq or Afghanistan isn't quite as news worthy. I am sure the community coming together for them would really be appreciated also.


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