FORT MYERS, Fla. - Danita Lovins can't stop smiling.
"Honestly, it's like reliving him being born all over again, with all these milestones happening. best way to describe it," said Lovins.
Her 14-year-old son, Zachary Lataweic, in a coma just one week ago, is now talking!
"He told me he loves me, so those were like the best words ever in an entire week in a half."
It's been a long week and a half, after Zach was struck by lightning last Tuesday on Fort Myers Beach.
Doctors said he could be brain dead.
"I was like you cannot let god take him."
So Danita prayed and prayed.
"I was like open your eyes Zachary, open your eyes."
Then on Monday, he did.
"Once he opened his eyes, I knew he would be okay, in my heart, I knew he was going to be okay."
And he's getting better everyday, Danita says.
"Everyday he's surprising doctors, moving his legs, lifting his legs, lifting his arms, pointing things, saying things."
Giving his mom the greatest gift, his voice, after being removed from his ventilator Thursday night.
"I's raspy, and sore from the ventilator, but to hear his voice, I'm never tell him to be quiet."
Danita says he recognizes the family, and his girlfriend, Chelsea Gil, who was with him at the time. But she's not sure how much he remembers of that day on the beach. Doctors call him, a miracle.
"He's going to be good. he's got the fight of his life, and he did this. he's here for a reason."
Danita says there is still a long road to recovery but says the family is adopting Zac's motto of stay strong, stay positive.
She had a lot to say, but was speechless when asked how much she appreciates the community's support.