Man Awakens From Coma After 2 Months

Neurosurgeon detects brain activity after accident left Sam Schmid in a coma.
2:09 | 12/23/11

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Story that every family dreads -- means loved ones were preparing for the worst after. A terrible accident left -- 21 year old University of Arizona student on life support. But just hours away from being pulled from that life support. Christmas miracle more now from ABC's Dan Harris. It was a horrible five car pileup in Tucson Arizona in mid October. Among the injured Sam -- -- junior and business major at the University of Arizona. When he was airlifted to this hospital in Phoenix he was in a deep coma. But just as the staff was about to take him -- of life support and possibly make him an organ donor. -- doctor they're renowned neurosurgeon doctor Roberts Wexler said he had a hunch I said let's get one more MRI -- When the scan came back it showed Sam was not brain dead even though he was still -- that deep coma. That's when the doctor approach stands -- he -- let's keep them alive for another week. And that night Sam wiggle two fingers on command. It was a miracle shortly there after he was getting around in a wheelchair and even talking. It's a miracle -- could soon. Where it was. My. -- a and here he is today at a news conference. Right now on -- are a temporary again. For him to be walking in here just a couple of months later that's a great Christmas story. Doctor Kessler who has performed more than 6000 surgeries says he is dumbfounded yachts of -- making it we're very slim. But in medicine we see things that. Always the exception to the rule sand still has a long way to go rehab is ruling -- want to be. Back to normal. Doctors say that is entirely possible and the road to normalcy will start on Christmas Day. When sand will be allowed to go home. Dan Harris ABC news New York.

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