Atlanta Multisports Magazine Issue No 3 - Page 33

My name is John Pulliam. On 10-30-1976 at the age of 10 I was burned over 85% of my body, with 60% of the burns being 3rd degree. My mother was told I would never be a normal child again and be able to go outside to run and play like all the other kids. I however was born with an adventurous heart and was determined to be like everyone else and do what they did. I have spent the majority of my life outdoors. Both at work in the roofing industry and at play living an adventurous life. Playing with my kids, doing things like bungee jumping, zip lining, camping, hiking, white water rafting, and motorcycle riding to name a few. On 01-26-2013 I was in a hit and run wreck on my motorcycle. My right leg took the brunt of the impact

and was broken in several places. When the knee shattered it severed the artery causing very rapid blood loss. When I saw how fast I was bleeding out I laid my head back and prayed please God don't let me die on this highway today. Then a Good Samaritan passerby with no medical training and no fear of

retribution took off his belt and used it as a tourniquet to slow the blood flow until the EMT's arrived. The answer to my prayer, he saved my life. I was flown to AMS with an estimated 8% of my life's blood left. They removed a vein from my left leg to restore the blood flow and although the surgery was

successful my foot had gone to long without blood and amputation above the shattered knee was necessary.I received my prosthetic from ProCare in May '13 and went to the CAF Mobility Clinic in June '13. I learned about Triathlon's through the Getting 2 Tri Foundation and have used this sport as my only physical therapy (I was self-employed and had no health coverage). In 2013 I reached the finish line of 1 short Triathlon, 2 Sprint distance Triathlons, 2-5K’s and a 1 miler while walking for the run portion's. On

the 1st anniversary of my accident, 01-26-2014 as a celebration of life my family and I participated in the Hot Chocolate 5K Run in Atlanta. In 2014 I have completed 5 Sprint distance triathlons including the Southeast Paratriathlon Regional Championships where I took 1st place in the open class, 1 Olympic Distance Triathlon, 2-5K’s, 1-10K, 1-15K and the Atlanta Half Marathon on Thanksgiving day. For the 2nd anniversary of the wreck 1-25-15

my family and I will again be celebrating life by participating in the Atlanta Hot Chocolate Run, I will be doing the 15K this year.I am grateful to be alive, fortunate to be able to walk and excited about what life has in store for me in the future. I still have an adventurous heart and every day look forward to getting up and going out to run and play just like all the other kids.