Declared as ‘brain dead with no chance of recovery’, Sam Hemming of Credenhill, Hereford in England had been on life support for 19 days after meeting an accident – but she wiggled her toes just moments before the doctors were about to switch off her life support!
Her recovery was quite amazing and she would be out of the hospital just 8 weeks later! The doctors had been so close to terminating her life; thankfully, she was able to give them a signal that she was still alive in that previously unmoving and seemingly lifeless body.
Sam, a law graduate, had suffered severe head injuries after she was thrown off the seat of her boyfriend’s car when it crashed in the motorway. While her boyfriend only suffered minor injuries, Sam had to be kept in a medically induced coma as her head had smashed through the window and hit the central reservation.
At the hospital, Sam underwent a 6-hour operation and was immediately placed in a medically induced coma but doctors told her parents that she had no hope of recovery and that she’s already brain dead.
Her devastated parents had no choice but to listen to the doctors whom they believe and trust to be experts on their jobs but a miracle happened and she lived!
According to her mother, 44-year-old Carol Hemmings, Sam’s left brain was dead but the right part which is ‘not normally used’ had managed to develop in such a way that allowed her to learn how to talk and walk again.
“Sammy shouldn’t be alive. She suffered the worst injuries anyone could have in a car crash,” Carol recalled. “She was responding to heat so there was still some brain function. They gave her a tracheotomy and five days later when they turned her life support off she breathed on her own.”
Recovery was a struggle but Sam exhibited an amazing will to live.
“It was amazing. She had literally come back from the dead. If she hadn’t wiggled her toe she wouldn’t be here today. Doctors are totally in shock. She is a walking miracle,” Carol added. “It’s slow progress but Sam is determined to get better and wants to practice law. She’s already beaten huge odds to be here today so there’s no reason why she shouldn’t amaze us all again.”