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Coma patient wakes up hours before taken off life support

December 23, 2011 2:36:13 PM PST
In what some may call a Christmas miracle, an Arizona college student woke up from a coma hours before doctors were considering taking him off life support.

Sam Schmid, 21, was believed to be brain dead after he was critically injured in a car crash three months ago.

But as hospital officials began end of life care, Schmid started to respond, holding up two fingers on command.

"It's a miracle, continuing, where I was to where I am now. I know I've made a lot of progression," Schmid said.

Schmid now moves around with the aid of a walker and his speech continues to improve.

He's even hoping to get a day pass from the hospital so he can spend the holidays with his large extended family.

Doctors say he will likely have a complete recovery.