TODAY | October 13, 2013
>>> this past year is one of triumph for a young georgia woman who battled back after losing all four limbs to a flesh eating bacteria . this weekend she came one step closer to regaining her independence. here is michelle fran sken.
>> i'm excited and nervous.
>> reporter: after a year of waiting, amy copeland has a new companion, and that companion comes with a wet nose and wagging tail.
>> it's great to know she's going to be mine.
>> reporter: the labradoodle service dog will remind her when to take her medications and even fetch them for her. trainers gave the dog a year of intensive and specialized training.
>> she has to learn not only to bring things and pick up dropped things, but she also had to learn what things are, like what a towel is a, what a bottle of juice is. so we had to teach her all of that plus object recognition.
>> reporter: she officially became amy 's at a fund-raiser that included a petting zoo , music festival and 5k race . it's been over a year since the georgia grad student was injured in a zip lining accident and nearly died after the gash in her leg became infected with a rare flesh eating bacteria . doctors had to am pew tate her left leg, right foot and both hands.
>> i'm so excited. it looks great.
>> reporter: this spring amy received a set of high-tech prosthetic hands. now bell will add to that freedom.
>> it will make it easier for me in the short term making up things off the ground and also in the long term provide companionship.
>> reporter: and give her love along the way. for today, michelle franzen , nbc news, new york.