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'He really is a miracle': Leighton's Journey: 1 year after getting hit by a car

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Doctors are calling it a "miracle" as today marks one year since a young boy was hit by a car.

7-year-old Leighton Pullin is getting better by the day. Last year, he was hit by a car while trying to cross the street, not looking both ways, off of W. 11th St. in Waterloo.

Leighton suffered very serious injuries and was airlifted to the the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in critical condition, but amazingly he has battled back. He went from a wheelchair, to a walker, to now walking on his own.

Leighton says, "I can stand by myself now. I don't just have to hang around the house, I can walk now."

Besides the scars on his head and neck, you would never know what this little boy has been through the past year. His rehabilitation doctor at Covenant Medical Center, Dr. Barbara Malicka-Rozek, is calling his recovery a "miracle". She remembers when Leighton was first transferred from Iowa City last November.

She said, "He was not aware of environment, he couldn't follow directions and he couldn't move his left side at all."

His former teacher and classmates at Lowell Elementary were worried the "Leighton" they knew would never be back.

His former teacher Karyn Richardson says, "It really took a toll on all of us, the kids were really concerned and I was really nervous."

Today, hes back to his old self with a personality brighter than ever. 

"If they want my autograph, I'll give it to them," Leighton says. 

It hasn't been easy work for Leighton, who is still living with his grandma Kathy after his mother was arrested for drugs. Kathy says his mother, Melisa, is focused on getting better.

Speaking on Leighton's strength Kathy Harrington says, "She (Melisa) says if he can do it and fight back, she can do it...and that shows just how strong he really is."

Even his doctors say that there's nothing that can stop Leighton.

Dr. Malicka-Rozek says, "We are very proud of him and of course I wish him the best. It's very very emotional for me for sure."

Leighton said his next goal is to sky-dive. 

Leighton's grandma and aunt will be throwing a party for Leighton, open to the public in Waterloo. It's a "celebration of life" to thank everyone for all their support they have shown over the past year. 

The party is November 4th from 5-8 p.m. at El Senior Tequila Nightclub, everyone is welcome. 

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