Flesh Eating Disease Survivor Aimee Copeland on Katie Couric Show
Aimee Copeland, the young woman who lost her hands, both feet and her entire right leg to flesh-eating bacteria last spring, made her public debut today by walking -- painstakingly -- onto the set of Katie Couric's new show where she was received with a standing ovation.
Copeland beamed as she struggled slowly towards Couric with the aid of prosthetic foot and a new walker, pushing the walker forward and then hopping a step, bringing Couric near tears.
Despite her ordeal, Copeland quickly rejected a question from Couric who asked whether she ever felt like just dying.
"I love life. It's a beautiful thing... even more so now," she replied.
"Senses are so deepened," she said. "Everything smells better. Everything is more vibrant, more beautiful."
Copeland, 24, cut open her right leg falling from a zip line near the Tallapoosa River nearly four months ago, allowing a deadly bacterium to enter her body. She said she sensed something wasn't quite right days after receiving 22 stitches to close the wound on her calf because it hurt up to her thigh.
The bacteria advanced undetected until "My entire leg was a dark purple color," Copeland said. "I wasn't able to walk. I wasn't able to speak. The only thing I was able to babble was, 'I think I'm dying.'"
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