A family had prepared themselves to say their final goodbyes to Scott Marr after the 61-year-old suffered what was feared to be a massive stroke.
He lay motionless in a hospital bed, funeral arrangements were underway and the life support was switched off.
But Scott wasn’t ready to let go of life – and he has now earned the nickname ‘Miracle man’.
Scott’s son found him “lying in bed, unresponsive but breathing” on December 12, according to the World-Herald.
The following day his family were given grim news by doctors at the Methodist Hospital in Omaha.
Preston Marr, his daughter, told KETV7: “The neurosurgeon said if there was anything he could do, he would do it, but that we needed to prepare ourselves for the reality of the situation.
“They told us he was on his way to brain death, so we said our goodbyes before extubating him. All the monitors were shut off and we waited by his side.”
Dr Rebecca Runge, who works at the hospital, told KMTV that “we thought that this wasn’t a recoverable process.”
After leaving the hospital on December 13, Scott Marr’s “family made appointments for cremation and funeral services.”
But the following day staff at the hospital called Preston Marr and they wanted to know if she could make it to the hospital to see her dad.
Preston said: “When we got up there, I went in just to talk to him, like I have been this whole time, and said, ‘Hi Dad,’”
“He smiled at me, and I literally thought I was dreaming. It was the craziest moment ever.
“I asked him to move his thumbs, and he slowly moved his thumbs, and I asked him to wiggle his toes, and he wiggled all his toes really slightly.
“I literally had to rub my eyes to make sure it was actually happening.”
Doctors say they diagnosed Scott Marr with posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome, and not a stroke, after giving him medical tests, according to KMTV.
The condition usually causes “headaches, seizures, altered consciousness, and visual disturbance,” according to a study in the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
Runge told the World-Herald that doctors initially thought it was a stroke because “the severe swelling (Scott) Marr experienced is not typically a symptom of the syndrome.”
He has since been released from the hospital and is recovering with the aid of physical therapy.
As Scott Marr tries to “savor every moment,” he gave credit to God for giving him a second chance at life.
Scott said: “I’m not an extremely religious person. I don’t go to church every Sunday.
“But I do believe in God. I believe with all my heart. And now this is just proof for me that everything I’ve ever heard is true.
“That he loves me. That he’s right there for me.
“It was pretty much a miracle.”