Benjamin Pessah is a miracle. Not just because of what he endured, but because he remains positive despite his tragedy. Benjamin, who lives in San Francisco and is 21, was walking home from a Halloween party with his girlfriend and two others when a stranger came up and began harassing her. Benjamin tried to protect her and the stranger pulled out a gun and attempted to shoot all four people. He missed the others, but the last bullet hit Benjamin in the head.
He was taken to the hospital and placed in ICU. Surgeons were afraid to operate on him because his brain had been severely wounded by the bullet. He was given only a 25% chance of survival. They did operate on him, though, and then induced him into a coma where he survived for a month with a breathing tube. (sound familiar?)
After a month and right before Thanksgiving this year, Benjamin suddenly awoke from his coma, looked up at his mother and said: "Hi mom." He saw the rest of his family members and told them that he loved them. Although he doesn't remember being shot on Halloween, he remembers normal things like his address, the names of his family members and even his computer passwords.
Then, another miracle happened. On Thanksgiving Day 2012, he stood up from his bed and took his first steps. See video here: http://abcnews.go.com/US/video/man-shot-head-awakens-coma-thanksgiving-17793511
When you watch the video, you can see his positive attitude shining through. He is already smiling and enjoying a little teasing from his brother. He is obviously a fighter and was determined to stand up and walk as soon as possible after waking up from the coma. It is this attitude that keeps him moving forward. Benjamin has been an inspiration to many around the country and my gut tells me that he will use his tragedy to help inspire others for many years to come.
Read more about the story here: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/11/holiday-miracle-as-man-awakes-from-monthlong-coma/