In this photo taken in May, Snellville resident Aimee Copeland gets around in the nearly 2,000-square-foot “Aimee’s Wing” built for her while in rehab. (File Photo)
LAWRENCEVILLE — Snellville's Aimee Copeland appeared a second time on Katie Couric’s talk show Thursday.
This time, Copeland, who spent months battling a flesh-eating bacteria that claimed her hands, left leg and right foot last year, walked on stage using a new prosthetic leg with just the help of a cane. She also demonstrated the use of her bionic hands.
Copeland first appeared on the talk show series Sept. 11, 2012, and the website calls her one of the show’s most inspirational guests.
The South Gwinnett graduate contracted a rare bacterial infection in May 2012 after a homemade zipline broke over the Little Tallapoosa River near Carrollton and Copeland landed on a rock, splitting open her leg.
“I am so proud of you and all you’ve accomplished,” Couric told Copeland, who said she is taking graduate classes online.
When Couric asked Copeland how she’s doing, the 25-year-old said she’s great.
“I’m very excited to be here, a little nervous doing the walk-out,” Copeland said. “Quite frankly, I’m pretty exhausted. I’ve got so much going on in my life right now.”
On the show, Copeland also introduced Couric to her specially-trained service dog, Belle, which she received from the charity organization PSD Academy & Registry. Copeland is now raising money to help with the cost of training and supplies for the Labradoodle. Anyone who wishes to support the cause can purchase a T-shirt online at teespring.com/aimeecopeland. For more information and to donate, visit www.pawsforaimee.org.