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A miraculous recovery

"They say most people who are going to come out of it come out of it right away," said Palma.

While the cardiologists and the pulmonologist were giving out positive thoughts, the neurologist began suggesting the family consider hospice or palliative care.

"Meanwhile, my mother fired two neurologists because what they said wasn't wait she wanted to hear," he said. "She wanted to hear the truth but at the same time she wanted someone to work with her and give her enough time and wasn't willing to give up on me after six days."

His mother finally found one neurologist, Lisa Billars from Capital Neurology, who Schmit said they still visit. He added that while she never promised any sort of result, she gave his mother the space she needed and the time to make decisions.

With all of the difficulties with the doctors, Schmit's family began praying everyday, which he admits that his family is very devout. When asked as to whether or not he is a religious person, Schmit said that after this incident that it has strengthened his faith.

At one point a trachea in so Schmit would be able to breathe along with a feeding tube.

On Oct. 5, 17 days after being in a coma, Schmit awoke to his mother and Palma at his side. His mother immediately greeted him, saying hello and then asking him whether he knew who is girlfriend was or not.

"I said, 'Yeah, that's Julia,'" he said, adding that he could only mouth it because of the trachea that was put in. "The next thing that I said was, 'What the hell?'"

Soon Schmit became frustrated, realizing he might be making things difficult for the nursing staff at St. Peter's, but he was angered over not being able to control some of his motions and losing control of his bowels. He said two or three days later, though, that he was able to snap back to his original self.

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