A student left in a coma following a horrific car crash has been dubbed a 'walking miracle' after she wiggled her toe moments before doctors were about to turn off her life-support machine. Sam Hemming suffered devastating head injuries when the car she was travelling in with her boyfriend flipped over on the M6 - leaving her brain dead and with 'no hope of recovery'.
The impact of the collision caused her head to smash through the window and hit the central reservation, taking her left ear off and breaking four bones in her neck. But despite her injuries, the 22-year-old law graduate defied doctors and fought back from the brink of death.
The 22-year-old with her mother Carol
Sam was airlifted to hospital where surgeons operated on her for six hours before placing her in a medically-induced coma. Some 19 days later doctors advised her devastated parents to prepare for the worst and to switch off her life-support machine after she was confirmed brain dead.
A harrowing photograph of Sam in her hospital bed was taken by her mother Carol, 44, as she made a heart-breaking farewell to her daughter. Carol said her daughter 'literally came back from the dead', adding: 'Sammy shouldn't be alive. She suffered the worst injuries anyone could have in a car crash.
Sam and her boyfriend Tom Curtis pictured together before the crash on July 20
'We gathered in her room and said our farewells. They turned the life support machine off and I screamed.’ But incredibly, Sam 'wiggled her big toe' and medics kept her in a controlled coma. Days later she was given a tracheotomy and when her life-support machine was turned off again, she was able to breathe on her own.
Remarkably, just eight weeks later she was deemed well enough to return home in Credenhill, Hereford, where she now lives with Carol and dad Jason, 43.
Sam, who got a 2:1 in Law from Bangor University, was getting a lift with her boyfriend to Birmingham New Street station on her way back to her Hereford home when the car crashed on the M6 on July 20.
Her boyfriend Tom Curtis, 21, escaped with minor injuries but Sam was airlifted to University Hospital Coventry where surgeons battled to save her life.
Credit: Daily Mail