Luke Acuna's leg was amputated after a trash truck struck him in University Heights. On Thursday, he announced that he's on the mend, and may be walking soon.
A North Park boy who was struck by a garbage truck three months ago and lost his leg is learning how to walk again.
Acuna was in critical condition, and after several surguries, doctors were forced to amputate his leg. He is now close to going home after spending the last 100 days in Rady Children's Hospital.
Luke and his parents, Anthony and Doneba Acuna joined doctors on Thursday outside Rady Children's Hospital to announce the Garfield Elementary School student's recovery.
"Doctor Shalsky is going to help me learn how to walk, how to run, and how to play sports again," Luke said, "because I am an athlete."
Luke hopes to continue playing all the sports he loved before the accident: tennis, soccer and frisbee golf, among others. He hopes even hopes to pick up skateboarding once again.
But before any of that, he must learn how to walk again.
"It's not fun, but it's just one of those things where you have to get through, or else you won't be able to do anything else," Luke said Thursday.
Already Luke has made significant progress in attaining that goal.
"A few weeks ago, I couldn't get in my chair by myself," he said. "It was taking a long time, and I tried, but I fell. But now I can do it."
Doctors are hopeful that he will return to an active lifestyle. In addition to the rehabilitation care he has been receiving at the hospital, he also has a mentor through the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
Travis Ricks also lost his leg, and has been mentoring Luke throughout his recovery.
"We want to see him run again," Ricks said. "We want to see him play all the sports he wants to, and we want to provide him the opportunities so he can do those."
The collision involved a San Diego city trash truck and police say the driver was not at fault. However Luke's family has filed a claim against the City for over $10,000. They believe the driver made an illegal turn.