"People say I'm a miracle, but I say never give up," Schmid says in the video above by Dignity Health's Barrow Neurological Institute where he underwent rehabilitation. "Find the miracle within you."
Now, two and a half years later, and after countless hours of grueling physical therapy, 23-year-old Schmid has graduated from neuro rehab, and is once again enrolled in college. The determined survivor, who once struggled just to swallow on his own, is shown in the video above playing basketball with his brother.
"It's not so much that I was lucky that I had this remarkable recovery, it's that I worked for this remarkable recovery," Schmid says in the video above. "It just takes hard work, and dedication and perseverance."