Aimee Copeland, the survivor of the flesh eating disease, made her first public appearance during Katie Couric’s new show on Tuesday. The talk show host and the audience were all very impressed to see Aimee struggling to approach the set, but she wanted to prove everyone that nothing has changed in her life, Reuters reports.
Aimee Copeland lost her hands, her feet and her entire right leg in the battle against the flesh eating bacterium she had contracted during a zip line accident nearly four months ago. Despite this, the 24-year-old psychology student didn’t’ lost her optimism and her ambition.
Unlike Katie Couric, who could hardly refrain from tears at the sight of the girl, Aimee was incredibly joyous and confident. She told the talk show host that she feels more alive than ever as her senses have deepened since the surgical interventions. Copeland relived the moment of the accident and told Couric that she began to feel sick the next day. Her worries grew bigger as she noticed that her foot turned into a dark purple color. The most difficult moment was after the first intervention, when her father lifted her hands for her and showed her that they were black. Having no other option, but to fight for her life, Aimee agreed to have her hands amputated.
The 24-year-old kid further stated that she won’t let the past affect her future plans. On the contrary, she is determined to use her “nubs”, as she described them, instead of prosthetic arms and feet. In fact, Aimee has already learned to brush her teeth by wrapping the brush around her arm and to text with her nose. Moreover, the survivor of the dreadful disease will drive without prosthetics because the artificial limbs give her the impression that she is wearing a “giant pair of heels”.
In the end, Aimee Copeland tried to enliven people with her optimism by sending comforting messages to disabled persons. She confessed she wants to become a model for those who have suffered amputations and show them that it is possible to live a normal life even if they are missing an arm or a leg.