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A remarkable recovery

Published 1:12 AM ET, Sat January 18, 2014
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Grant Virgin, 16, after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver. Doctors advised his family to let him go, saying his odds of survival were slim. Virgin Family Photo
The Virgin family believes that fish oil ultimately altered Grant's life course, and healed his brain. Virgin Family Photo
Grant Virgin underwent multiple surgeries and spent considerable time on a ventilator. He was in coma, and his doctors urged his family to "wait and see" while his brain healed. Virgin Family Photo
Grant with his father, John Virgin. Says Virgin, "We had been told he'd never be able to recognize anybody, he will never be able to focus his eyes, all the grim stuff." Virgin Family Photo
Grant Virgin in the hospital. The Virgin family heard about a CNN report on a teenager named Bobby Ghassemi, who nearly died in a car accident before getting a large infusion of fish oil. A few months later, Ghassemi attended his high school graduation. Virgin Family Photo
Grant Virgin and a nurse. Forty-eight hours after receiving high-dose fish oil, he called his mother in the middle of the night and had a conversation with her. Virgin Family Photo
Grant with his father John Virgin. The Virgin family believes fish oil could do for others what it did for their son. Virgin Family Photo
There are a lot of concerns about fish oil, such as that high doses could cause excessive bleeding, but that did not deter Grant's parents. Virgin Family Photo
Grant with his brother Bryce Virgin. It is now 16 months after the accident, and his parents say he is even better than before. Virgin Family Photo
Grant with his brother Bryce Virgin. The Virgin family says that progress would not be happening if they had merely accepted what conventional medicine told them. Virgin Family Photo