Aimee Copeland's life is slowly returning to normal.
Ever since she became the victim of flesh-eating bacteria last year in a zip-lining accident, her life had never been the same.
The 24-year-old recently revealed that she's been given a second chance with a new set of bionic hands, which are helping her finally write and cook.
With the help of iLimb, prosthetic hands created by Touch Bionics, Copeland will continue training her hands to flex and contract muscles as if the hands were a natural extension of herself.
On the Today show, she showed viewers how she's already learned to sign her name, cut strawberries and cucumbers, and grip someone's hand without crushing it.
"There are things that she's done in two days, three days that it takes other people 6 months or a year to gain control over these devices," Robert Kistenberg, Copeland's prosthetist and co-director at the Georgia Institute of Technology, told Today.com.
The iLimbs normally go for $100,000 each, but Copeland got the opportunity to have the prosthetics for free, serving as their spokeswoman.
"She's very smart and very adept," Kistenberg said. "I wouldn't be surprised if in the next month or two she'll be able to use them without thinking about it."
Copeland's story has reached millions across the country. Last spring, she was a graduate student who went on a kayaking trip with friends in Georgia. Copeland went on a homemade zip-line that broke and left her with a cut across her calf.
When doctors stitched her up at the hospital, the pain in the region never left. A number of visits later, a physician diagnosed her with necrotizing fasciitis, a serious and rare bacterial infection that rapidly eats away at soft tissue.
As the infection was nearly killing her, doctors removed her left leg, right foot, and both of her hands in order to save her life.
"Sometimes, honestly, I look at pictures of how I was before, and I feel almost disconnected from that person because my perspective now is so different than the point of view of that girl," Copeland told NBC's Gabe Gutierrez. "And so, in a way, it almost feels like I died a year ago and I was reborn as someone different."