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Aimee Copeland appears on talk show to discuss battle with flesh-eating disease

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This image released by Disney-ABC Domestic Television shows host Katie Couric, right, applauding as Aimee Copeland, 24, who survived a rare fleshing-eating disease, as she arrives with a new walker for an exclusive interview on the daytime talk show "Katie," Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, in New York. AP

(CBS/AP) Aimee Copeland, the Georgia woman who made headlines with her battle and recovery from a rare fleshing-eating disease, told Katie Couric she doesn't take life for granted anymore.

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The 24-year-old University of West Georgia graduate student walked onto stage Tuesday on Couric's new show, "Katie," using a new walker. Copeland was joined in New York by her parents and sister.

After Couric interviewed the family, she announced that an Atlanta-area Chevrolet dealer was in the studio to give Copeland a new minivan that will be retrofitted so she can drive it.

Copeland got a rare form of the flesh-eating infection necrotizing fasciitis in May after falling from a zip line and gashing her leg over a Georgia river. Doctors had to amputate both hands, her left leg and right foot in a publicized struggle with the disease that her father Andy updated the public on through his blog.

She returned to her Snelville, Ga. home in suburban Atlanta on August 22 after nearly four months in the hospital and a rehabilitation clinic.

A homebuilder, Pulte Homes, added an almost 2,000-square-foot living space for Copeland onto her parents' home that was paid for entirely by donations. The new wing included a bedroom and bathroom with wheelchair-accessible features, a fitness room and an elevator between the addition's two floors.

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