• Crash victim to run Peachtree Road Race with prosthetic leg


    CARROLL COUNTY, Ga. - A Carrollton man who lost his leg after a hit-and-run crash will run in this year's AJC Peachtree Road Race with a prosthetic leg. 

    John Pulliam, 48, has done the race in a wheelchair. For the first time this year, he will attempt the 6.2-mile course with a prosthetic right leg.

    “Yeah, there will be some discomfort there. Absolutely,” said Pulliam.

    But Pulliam says it will be nothing compared to the crash that took his leg. Pulliam was riding his motorcycle more than two years ago when a pickup driver turned left in front of him.

    “I literally flipped over the pickup and across the highway,” Pulliam said.

    Pulliam, a roofing company estimator, was in a coma when doctors asked his wife, Cary, they needed to amputate his leg.

    “They told me his leg was in very bad shape and they wanted to amputate it. I told them no,” she said. “I prayed about it and prayed about it and Wednesday morning, God gave me the peace to tell them that they could do it.”

    John said he remembers praying before he went into a coma

    “I literally laid my head back, and I prayed, ‘Dear God, please don't let me die on this highway today,’” he said. “When I woke up a week later, the leg was gone, but I was still alive.”

    John continues refining his prosthetic technique each day, but it’s a financial hardship on the family.

    The racing prosthetic and the everyday prosthetic together cost about $50,000, most of it they paid out of their own pocket.

    Through it all, they retain their sense of humor.

    “I miss the leg sometimes because he can't play footsie as well,” Cary Pulliam said. “It's just a leg, he still has the same heart.”

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