Aimee Copeland, the young woman from Snellville, Georgia, who lost her hands, both feet and her entire right leg to flesh-eating bacteria last spring, embraced life and sent a powerful message of indomitable strength when she walked using a walker for the first time in front of millions on the Katie Couric show.
Tears flowed throughout the audience, but not from Aimee as she beamed and walked with a steady determination toward Couric. During her interview on the show, she talked with vigor about living and about her dreams for the future as an amputee saying “I love life. It’s a beautiful thing… even more so now.”
“My senses are so deepened,” she said. “Everything smells better. Everything is more vibrant, more beautiful.” Everything sparkles, like her eyes, in her new world. Copeland, 24, cut open her right leg falling from a zip line near the Tallapoosa River amazingly only four months ago. She has come so far; her spirits and determination to live has soared.
America loves Aimee, the world loves Aimee and she loves life. Home builders in Georgia built a complete annex onto her parent’s home for her that has everything she needs to grow her independence and Katie surprised Aimee with a new van, donated by a Georgia Chevrolet dealer, that will get her further down the road of life. She is amazing, her outlook is amazing. Her smile and her spirit is amazing.
Don’t call Aimee “disabled.” She is learning to use her “nubs” instead of adaptive equipment, attested by the medical staff at The Shepherd Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta.
She said what she has eclipses what she lost last spring.