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Copeland to appear on 'Katie' today, in Snellville Friday

Screen Capture -- Aimee Copeland will tell her own story for the first time Tuesday when she appear's on Katie Couric's new daytime talk show.

Screen Capture -- Aimee Copeland will tell her own story for the first time Tuesday when she appear's on Katie Couric's new daytime talk show.

Aimee Copeland will tell her own story for the first time Tuesday when she appear's on Katie Couric's new daytime talk show.

Copeland — the 24-year-old South Gwinnett High School grad who underwent several amputations after contracting a rare flesh-eating bacteria — recently left rehab for her family's Snellville home, but has yet to speak publicly about the journey that began May 1 with a fall into the Little Tallapoosa River near Carrollton.

She will do so at 3 p.m. Tuesday when she appears on "Katie," the new national talk show from former news anchor Katie Couric. The show, which debuted Monday, will air on ABC.

Copeland, a graduate student at the University of West Georgia, contracted a rare bacteria called necrotizing fasciitis after a homemade zipline broke and led to a gashed-open left leg. She battled back from major organ failures and has had most of her left leg, her right foot and both hands amputated.

Copeland's father, Andy, has been the family's mouthpiece during the four months since the incident. The television appearance will be Aimee Copeland's first.

A promotional video released by ABC (here) shows an enthusiastic Copeland conversing with Couric while rehabbing. The video also asked the question: "When all odds are against you, how do you find the courage to survive?"

A public appearance by Copeland has been scheduled for Friday evening on the Snellville Town Green. That visit will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Councilman Bobby Howard said during Tuesday's city council meeting.