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Waterloo boy hit by car making strides toward recovery

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A boy hit by a car in Waterloo in mid-October is making amazing strides in his recovery. Leighton Pullin, 7, was crossing the street when he was hit. He received a serious brain injury and was in a medically-induced coma for weeks.
On Friday, he was transferred from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to Covenant's Rehab Center, where he is communicating with his hand.

"A thumbs up" is usually a sign of approval, a sign that something is good, but to Leighton's family it means so much more.

His grandmother Kathy Harrington says, "I said if you know this is grandma give me a thumbs up, and he did. Then I said if you love me, give me a thumbs up and he did it even bigger. That was the best feeling in the world."

It's a sign his family has been praying for.

Harrington says, "If you ever want to see a miracle... this is a miracle. We never thought we would see this. Just a week ago, the last time I was down in Iowa City, doctors told me they didn't think he would ever come out of the way he was."

Now, his doctors and nurses at Covenant are helping him move and communicate with his hand and a smile. He can even toss back a ball!

"We call it Leighton Strong," Harrington says.

There's a long road ahead, but Leighton is fighting hard each and every day.

"It is a miracle, we put it in God's hands and it's just a miracle. I can't tell you what it feels like, it's wonderful," Harrington says.

His family says he loves superheroes and when KWWL's Lauren Moss asked him about that today, he responded with a big smile.

As you can imagine, his medical expenses have taken a toll on the family.  A family friend is asking for Christmas gifts to send to Leighton, with superheroes at the top of his list: https://www.gofundme.com/christmas-for-leighton-pullin

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