After hearing her story, the community has reached out to help Anaiah Rucker. Georgia-based Langdon Athletics informed pro wrestler Steve "The Freak" Chamberland of Rucker's case. Chamberland, who lost his leg in 1999 when someone crashed into his motorcycle, worked with Florida-based Clearwater Brace & Limb to create and donate a prosthetic leg for Anaiah Rucker, AOL reports.
Chamberland became emotional when talking to WAGA about Rucker's experience.
"She's precious. I'm getting teary thinking about it. She has a long road ahead of her, but she's going to be fine," he said.
Rucker was presented with the prosthetic leg at a ceremony April 23.
To make a donation, call Langdon Athletics: 706-999-0085.
Nine-year-old Anaiah Rucker and her 5-year-old sister Camry were crossing the street to meet the school bus one morning when a pickup truck came speeding towards them.
With only a moment to react, Anaiah pushed Camry to safety, taking the hit herself.
"She was right beside me and I was holding her hand," Anaiah remembers. "We were in the middle of the road and then I pushed her back... and then I got hit."
The girls' mother, Andrea Taylor, was watching from the front of the house. She ran to help her daughter. "When I got to her, she wasn't breathing," Taylor told NBC.
Anaiah lost a kidney and damaged her spleen. She also suffered a broken neck and two broken legs. Her left leg was shattered so badly that doctors had to amputate it.
Returning home from the hospital after three weeks, Anaiah received a warm welcome from the community. But she remains humble about the heroic deed she did for her sister.
"She was too young to get hit like this. If she got hit ... she would be probably gone forever."
The driver of the pickup truck faced no charges.