Not a lot of people survive two gunshot wounds to the head. In fact, most people probably don’t even survive one gunshot wound to the head. Those people aren’t Samuel Yoh, though.
Samuel, a family man with three older children and a baby due in February, 2020, has been a police officer for more than 18 years.
His friends describe him “as a lover of laughter, food, Ohio State Football, and public service,” and just all-around good guy. That’s what makes this next part so tragic.
He was out on patrol on December 12 when an assailant shot him twice in the head with a rifle.
One bullet landed behind his optic nerve and was removed. The other bullet won’t be removed. He was listed in critical condition, with doctors saying he would need a miracle to survive. And a miracle is exactly what he got.
On December 26, the Ozark Police Department posted an announcement that said Samuel’s improvements have “reminded everyone of God’s almighty power.” Samuel had recovered to the point where he had full movement of his hands, arms and legs, almost full vision restored, and was able to recognize people. He could sit, stand and walk short distances. He was reading books, feeding himself, and speaking fluently, according to the release.
Keep in mind, this was only two weeks after getting shot twice in the head.
“God has given us a Christmas miracle that we have been praying for,” Missy wrote online. “My husband is awake and talking!!!!!!!! We have a long road to recovery, but we are so far from where we were. I want to thank everyone for their love and support and all the prayers. We couldn’t have made it through all of this without the power of prayers sent out. God has given us his love strength and grace. He has given my husband a second chance at life.”
A GoFundMe set up by Samuel’s friends has raised more than $23,000 of a $30,000 goal.
“Let’s not forget that we have a new baby set to arrive in the middle of all of this!” the site said.
If you’re interested in donating to Samuel’s recovery, you can donate online here.
You can also send cards and letters of encouragement to P.O. Box 1987, Ozark, AL, 36361.