An father in Wasilla, Alaska is giving God the credit for saving the life of his teenage son.
After 17-year-old Jimmy Rea suffered a severe brain aneurysm just before Thanksgiving, he was given a slim chance of survival.
Jimmy recalled how he suddenly found himself plagued by an excruciating headache.
"It felt like someone was stabbing me in my eyes," Jimmy said.
Jimmy was airlifted to Seattle, Wash. home to Laligam Sekhar, one of only a handful of neurosurgeons in the world who performs the risky type of brain surgery that saved the boy's life.
"It's so difficult that certainly surgeons can learn but very few can practice it well," Sekhar said of the procedure.
According to Sekhar, the aneurysm the teen suffered is fatal in 70 percent of people who don't get treatment.
As if the surgery weren't difficult enough, Jimmy's case was especially challenging. The surgery involved reconnecting blood vessels so the teen wouldn't have a stroke.
The surgery turned out to be a success. Jimmy's brain functions are now completely restored.
Jimmy's Dad, Ed Rea said, "God was with us the whole time and kept our family together."
He'll be monitored for aneurysms the rest of his life, but is otherwise expected to fully recover.