Mom's Christmas 'Miracle': Son Wakes From Coma
Doctors were talking about taking Sam Schmid off life support
By John Johnson, Newser Staff | Suggested by pg13
Posted Dec 22, 2011 5:57 PM CST
Sam Schmid was all but given up for dead when he began following doctor's commands.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – If you thought an Arizona State University student's 10-day survival in a snowbound car was something, the University of Arizona can trump that: Student Sam Schmid woke from a coma as doctors were considering taking him off life support and hospital officials raised the topic of organ donation to his family, reports ABC News. Schmid had been unresponsive since an October car accident, and hope of recovery had all but disappeared—until the day he raised two fingers on his doctor's command. He is now expected to make a full recovery.

  • His doctor: "I am dumbfounded with his incredible recovery in such a short time. His recovery was really remarkable considering the extent of his lethal injuries."
  • His mom: "I tell everyone, if they want to call it a modern-day miracle, this is a miracle. I have friends who are atheists who have called me and said, 'I am going back to church.'"
  • Schmid himself: "I feel fine. I'm in a wheelchair, but I am getting lots of help."

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Dec 23, 2011 12:17 AM CST
"That was a wonderful and heartwarming story for the family at this time of year... And with that I dedicate this Christmas Classic to you Sam Schmid This is KFINKSTER....1000.9 on your dial"..... I'll be home for Christmas You can count on me Please have snow and mistletoe And presents under the tree Christmas Eve will find me Where the love light beams I'll be home for Christmas If only in my dreams" Have a nice night and holidays folks and may all your dreams come true This is "The Finkster" signing off...goodnight"
Dec 22, 2011 10:42 PM CST
Something happens that we don't understand and the Christians tag it as a miracle. It's great that he woke up but come on! A miracle?
Dec 22, 2011 9:59 PM CST
After seeing his hospital bill he lapsed back into a coma...