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."