Bobby's recovery – Bobby Ghassemi was just 17 years old when he was in a horrific car accident.
Bobby's recovery – Before the accident, Bobby played on his high school's football team.
Bobby's recovery – After the accident in March 2010, doctors told Bobby's family that he could live out the rest of his life in a vegetative state.
Bobby's recovery – Ten days after the accident, Bobby was still in a coma. Bobby's father, Peter, talked with Dr. Michael Lewis, who suggested that omega-3 fatty acids might be able to help. Peter insisted that his son be given high doses of fish oil through a feeding tube.
Bobby's recovery – Two weeks after beginning the regimen, Bobby emerged from his coma. Lewis says fish oil works because omega-3s are the building blocks of the brain.
Bobby's recovery – Science has not proved that fish oil can help patients with traumatic brain injuries, but Bobby's family ardently believes it helped him.
Bobby's recovery – Bobby says the omega-3 fatty acids have helped in recovering his motor skills.
Bobby's recovery – By June 2010, three months after the accident, Bobby attended his high school graduation. His parents helped him cross the stage to receive his diploma.
Bobby's recovery – Bobby still has significant left-side weakness and is relearning how to walk, but his progress has been tremendous, his family says.