A young Waterloo boy is making a rapid recovery from life-threatening injuries sustained after being hit by a motorist in October.

7-year-old Leighton Pullin was crossing the street when he was hit on October 18th. He received a broken leg, broken arm, and skull fracture, 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 starting to communicate with his hand.

Leighton's grandmother, Kathy Harrington, told KWWL: "If you ever want to see a miracle... this is a miracle. We never thought we would see this. Just a week ago...doctors told me they didn't think he would ever come out of the way he was ... I can't tell you what it feels like, it's wonderful. We call it Leighton Strong."

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A family friend has set up a GoFundMe account and is asking for Christmas gifts to send to Leighton, with superheroes at the top of his list.