After family and friends were told to say their final goodbyes, a 16-year-old West Valley high school student is wowing his doctors with his miraculous recovery.
The life of 16-year-old Dylan Miller changed in the blink of an eye on December 6, as he was leaving Verrado High School after football practice.
"I came out, and I ended up rolling over the curb," said Dylan.
"And he rolled about 3/4 of a turn, so on the passenger side, across the hood and roof, and it came to rest on the drivers side," said Deron Miller, Dylan's father.
Dylan wasn't wearing a seatbelt, and his SUV came down on top of his head. He was rushed to the hospital, where the Miller family was told he wouldn't make it.
"They let us in the room where Dylan was laying there, and we had to say our goodbyes," said Natalie Miller, Dylan's mother.
Dylan, however, survived the extensive surgery, which removed a portion of his skull, to allow his brain to swell.
"He was medically induced in a coma for about two days, and they slowly weaned him off the medicine, and he was in a coma on his own for the next couple of days and slowly started to move and open his eye," said Deron. "That's really the whole miraculous part of it. He was recovering."
"It felt as though I was watching a brand new baby do the first milestones, it was a beautiful thing to witness and see," said Natalie.
After close to two months in the hospital, and even more surgeries, Dylan is finally home, surrounded by posters, cards and photos from his family, friends and community members.
"It's just been amazing just having everyone show their love," said Dylan.
The family is now taking this opportunity to share the importance of wearing a seatbelt.
"I think Dylan's with us for a reason," said Deron. "It wasn't his time, and if part of his reason can prevent another 16-year-old from not wearing a seatbelt, then I think he's done his job."