GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) — Bobby Asa is beating the odds. In early March, the 17-year-old started attending classes again at Sam Barlow High School.

“I’ve got to say it’s pretty great, like, just seeing everybody,” he told KOIN 6 News. “Being back in that social kind of aspect of it because the amount of support I have at the school is amazing.”

The high school junior has come a long way since June 27, 2017. Just after midnight that night, Bobby was driving home from a friend’s house when he turned to back into his driveway. A friend driving behind him didn’t see Bobby’s car and the impact of the crash threw Bobby back, leaving him with brain damage, a fractured skull and spinal cord damage.

Doctors told the family he would likely be paralyzed. He spent 6 weeks in a coma.

But Bobby is a determined young man.

Bobby Asa, 17, was released from the hospital 3 months after a crash left him critically hurt, October 6, 2017 (KOIN)

He was released from Randall Children’s Hospital in October and resumed his studies with a tutor. Now, twice a week, Bobby goes to Sam Barlow for half-days unless he feels strong enough for the whole day. Three days a week he has physical therapy.

“If I’m at my house or something, where I’m familiar with the landscape, I’m able to walk all by myself. Then when I go outdoors I need to go with a cane,” he said. 

His friends keep him going, too. “I’ll be, like, ‘Hey, am I, like, the same guy that you remember?’ and they say, ‘Dude, you’re exactly the same.”

He does have a few challenges. At school the former JV football player uses a walker, which makes opening doors a little more difficult. “But I make do with it.”

On the left, Bobby Asa in the days after his June 2017 crash and on the right, Bobby Asa on April 2, 2018 (KOIN)

One of his goals is to walk normally again. “I am walking to places. Like, I get tired every now and then but I think it’s great. I think it’s awesome.”

He also has his sights set on driving again and getting on his jet skis. 

“I have 2 standup jet skis that I love riding. It might be a little bit harder, but I feel like I can do it because I just have that motivation to do it again. And I’m not going to let anything stop me.”

Bobby, who turns 18 at the end of April, gives his parents a lot of credit.

“My mom and my dad, they just push, push, push. Like, when I want to stop, they’re like, ‘Nah, you’re not going to stop. You’re going to keep going,'” he said. “I’m like, ‘I guess I am.'”

Sam Barlow High School junior Bobby Asa is making a spectacular recovery after a June 2017 crash that left in a coma for weeks, April 2, 2018 (KOIN)

Doctors told him he’s way ahead of schedule in his recovery, “but I really think I’m kind of like right where I’m supposed to be. Knowing my personality, how I push and I push and I push.”

His right hand is partially paralyzed, so he’s learning to use his left hand to do things, including drawing, which he loves.

“I’m sort of a perfectionist, so when the line’s not straight I get really mad and I erase it and do it twice until it’s straight,” he said.

His recovery has been called miraculous and he said he agrees.

“I do think it’s a miracle,” he said. “From all the help and support I’ve gotten from the website, from everyone just asking at school to everywhere. It’s been crazy.”