Arizona college student Sam Schmid has been in a coma since an Oct. 19 car accident that killed his friend and roommate and left him in a coma. Just hours before doctors were about to take him off life support and use him as an organ donor, he inexplicably—some are saying miraculously—woke up.
Doctors say he will most likely fully recover, and has been cleared for a day pass from the hospital that will allow him to celebrate Christmas with his whole family.
"Nobody could ever give me a better Christmas present than this—ever, ever, ever," his mother, Susan Reagan, told Good Morning America. "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.'"
I know, I know, even though the story is amazing and everything, it's like EVERYONE whose loved ones ever recover from something like a coma go all divine on us and call it miraculous and, quite honestly, even though I'm a Christian and love God and am all for seeing Him involved in our lives and all that awesome stuff, I get a little tired of it. Feel like it waters it down, discredits a lot of other things He probably has done, because we get too excited and give too much credit that could be directed otherwise, like to the doctors.
But in this case, even Sam's doctor has called it a miracle. He's been under the watch of renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Robert Spetzler, the man who trained the doctors who saved Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot earlier this year.
Spetzler said Sam's injuries were "lethal" and said that removing life support was "reasonable."
Yeah. The venerable doctor said letting Sam die was the reasonable option.
So what's he think of Sam's recovery? He said, "I am dumbfounded ... His recovery was truly miraculous." He later added, "It's a great Christmas story."
So, yeah. Merry Christmas, everyone.