Survivor of flesh-eating disease to visit ‘Katie’

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NEW YORK (AP) - Katie Couric says a guest on her upcoming talk show will be Aimee Copeland, the Georgia woman who survived a rare flesh-eating disease.

Copeland, a 24-year-old grad student, will be interviewed on Couric’s new show, “Katie,” airing Sept. 11. The show announced Tuesday that with the help of her prosthetics, Copeland will walk onto the stage.

Copeland contracted the rare infection in May after falling from a zip line and gashing her leg. Doctors had to amputate both hands, her left leg and right foot. She returned home last week after three months in the hospital and a rehabilitation clinic.

Still facing a rigorous recovery process, Copeland will discuss her story of survival.

Airing weekdays, the syndicated “Katie” premieres Sept. 10, when its guests will include Jessica Simpson and Sheryl Crow.

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