That's what Brad Edwards parents went through 13 years ago. Cindy Edwards actually drove by an accident and saw flashing lights, and immediately knew it was her son.
Doctors told Cindy her son wouldn't survive, but what happened next is a miracle. One that still impacts many today.
In 1999, 16-year-old Brad was on top of the world. A high school track star and basketball player, but all of that would change in the blink of an eye.
"Brad was coming home from football practice and it was raining hard. They topped the hill and the boy was driving hit his brakes and they hydroplaned and they were hit broad side," recalls Brad's mom Cindy Edwards.
The doctors told her he was Code Blue, suffered head trauma, and likely wouldn't survive.
"His neurosurgeon told me he was going to be a vegetable. He was minute by minute. We stayed in critical care so long," Cindy Edwards said.
But Brad was determined, and doctors were stunned by his recovery.
"But thank God, he allowed me to survive my wreck," Brad says.
His journey of recovery was a long one, starting over and learning to speak and eat again.
"But, I never gave up. I trusted in God and in his love," says Brad.
And now, he's using his story to inspire others.
"Everyday at Walmart I do my best to teach and inspire," Brad says.
He's known as the famous door greeter at the Walmart on Dave Ward in Conway. He's been there for six years, and is known for making everyone's day.
"He's an inspiration to me, always has been. Always says God bless you. Always says have a wonderful day. He always says hi to my son, shakes his hand, gives him a sticker. He's an absolute inspiration," Jeff McGrail says.
McGrail makes a point to always see Brad.
"He always puts a smile on your face no matter how bad your day is," he says.
And his genuine spirit and encouragement are contagious. He's developed quite a following.
"Everybody knows Brad. You want to stop and talk to him you want to say hi," says another Brad fan.
Brad even has his own Facebook page, My Favorite Door Greeter at Walmart has nearly 1,000 fans (click here for his page).
"I like people to say, 'Brad, I come to Walmart just to see your smiling face and that always makes my day," he says.
Brad's journey is far from over-- he still struggles with many every day tasks. He has a care keeper to help him, but his life is far from easy. His challenges don't stop him one bit.
"He never gets discouraged. He always is upbeat. I can't imagine Brad being any different. It makes me very proud. He's special. He's very special," says his mom.
To this day, doctors are in awe of his recovery. and his family could not be prouder of his determination.
"He's really changed a lot of lives. And that's what is most important to Brad," Cindy Edwards says.
Brad's life is about serving others, lifting others up, and making them feel loved. He's living proof, life is what you make it, no matter the obstacles.
"I'm just living my life to the fullest," says Brad.