CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Almost five months after an accident left him in a coma and without his left leg, a local musician is fighting to walk again. Monday, Nick Collins hit a milestone on his road to recovery.
"Today was the first day we got out of bed since August 3rd," said Collins. "It was perfect and I loved every second of it."
The local musician worked his way into a wheelchair after spending months in a hospital bed at MUSC.
"I almost took off so they couldn't bring me back in," said Collins jokingly.
Collins says even though his recovery has been hard, it's been nothing short of a miracle.
"I was out for six or seven weeks and then for the next three weeks I couldn't talk," said Collins remembering back to the first days he woke up from a coma. "I'm still supposed to be in the ICU. I was projected to be in the hospital 18 months."
But now he's about a year ahead of schedule.
"I've healed way quicker than they've ever imagined," said the singer and guitar player.
On August 3rd, Collins was riding in a car with two others when the car crashed near Daniel Island and ejected him onto I-526.
"I don't remember any of the accident," said Collins. "I don't remember getting in the car. I don't remember the ambulance ride or the wreck. I don't remember anything until eight or nine weeks later."
Collins was hit by a truck while on the highway, crushing him from the pelvis down. His left leg had to be amputated. He still has more tubes coming out of him than a guitar has strings but he remains confident and positive and he's taking his recovery one day at a time.
"Waking up one day and laying in bed for six months will really change the way you think and feel about things," said Collins.
"I don't even call it a horrible experience. The beginning was rough but since then, take out the pain and, it's just been a great experience. It's pulled me and my parents closer... and I feel like it's going to stay that way for the rest of my life."
The musician says his number one goal is to walk again. Once that's taken care of Collins will set his sights on getting back home and eventually getting back on stage with his band.
Depending on rehab, his Doctor's hope for him to be back at his house in early march at the latest.