“It seems like we were being led down a path to plan for the worst and that things were not going to work out,” said (Sam’s father) John Schmid. “The miracle, to put it bluntly, was that in a matter of seven days, we went from organ donation to rehab. What a roller coaster it was.”
“Nobody could ever give me a better Christmas present than this — ever, ever, ever,” said his mother, Susan Regan.
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