Sam Schmid completes rehab after being critically injured in 2011 Tucson crash

TUCSON, AZ - Sam Schmid's life changed forever in 2011 when he was involved in a serious car accident in Tucson.

The then-21-year-old was a junior studying at the University of Arizona and soon found himself in a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

After a week in a coma, some of Schmid's medical staff discussed taking the college student off life support. However, his mom still held on to hope.

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"I said, 'Sam, stay strong and fight hard,'" said his mother Sue Regan. What was called a "Christmas miracle," Schmid woke up out of his coma on Dec. 23, 2011.

"Except for the rehab I still have to do, I'm feeling pretty good," he said during a 2011 press conference.

ABC News caught up with the now-23-year-old to check in on his more than two years in rehabilitation.

ABC reports that Schmid graduated from rehabilitation in April 2014 and is now back in Tucson, enrolled in college and continues to play basketball with his brother.

During his recovery, Schmid had to re-learn work skills, social skills and how to walk.

He is studying to become a veterinary technician, reports ABC.

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