ANTIGO, Wis. (WSAW) - As the holiday season gets into full swing, Micah Zahringer's family is extra thankful for the miraculous recovery he has made since he accidentally shot himself in the face.
In November of 2016, Micah got a hold of a gun in his family's basement that was believed to be unloaded and shot himself. Police deemed the shooting accidental and Micah's parents are not facing charges.
Zahringer suffered extensive damage to the right side of his brain and was fighting for his life when NewsChannel 7 first interviewed his grandmother Pam Augustyn.
"I'm just really thankful, it could've been so much different," Augustyn said.
It's been a year of fighting and recovery for the now five year old. He has had four surgeries since the 2016 incident and was in the hospital from November 2016 until February 2017.
"The final surgery was October 31, and he's looking really good, his hair is growing back and I'm so excited, today's the first day I saw him without a bandage on his head," Augustyn said.
Micah's injury has caused the already close family to grow even closer. Augustyn said it has also brought out the best in her Antigo neighbors.
"I felt like I was down on the floor and I couldn't get up. Here was all those people that were ready to help," Augustyn said. "It just changes our view when you go through something like this because they were so supportive."
Right now, the family is still focused on Micah's healing. They're also spending more quality time together.
Along with the four surgeries, Micah is still working on strengthening his left hand, but he's able to participate in class and recess, just like his other classmates.