OKLAHOMA CITY,Okla. -- A Midwest City high school student was stabbed multiple times while trying to break up a fight. But what could have been a homicide has an uplifting ending.
Michael Colston is still in the hospital, but he's doing much better and is able to walk now.
In our initial report, police said they were lucky Colston's stabbing didn't turn into a homicide.
Colston's family tells us Michael is a fighter with the true heart of a lion.
The teenager could only dream of taking his high school football talents to the next level.
But two weeks ago, life blindsided the wide receiver.
"I'm trying to break up a fight and I end up getting stabbed," Colston says.
"We put him in the car and we thought it was just one stab," his sister, Tia Colston said.
Police say the teen was revived at the hospital, stabbed three times, hitting his liver, spleen, lung and diaphragm.
"He was right there, he was right on the brink of death," Toyia Robinson, his mom says.
Michael was put in a coma with doctors at the OU Trauma Unit determined to keep him alive.
"I just remember waking up in ICU with tubes in my mouth," Michael said.
"I was praying , please don't take my brother, not right now, it's too early," his sister remembers.
Recovery came faster than anticipated.
"I'm just not the type to give up like that, just oh I'm ready to die. No! I'm not going to leave my family like that," Colston said.
Football was still on his mind.
"I'm like man, I'm not, I'm done playing football, I was depressed," Michael remembers.
Then, Langston University coaches showed up at the hospital with a letter of intent for the 2015 season.
"He's been defying all odds, and we owe it all to God," his mother says.
"I've set my mind to it that I'm going to come back and I'm going to make a full recovery," Michael said.
And today, his head football coach paid him a visit.
"He sounds like he has the heart of a lion," Downe Sanders, Langston University's head football coach said.
It's the heart of a Langston University lion.
"If this is the type of heart and attitude and dedication, then I guarantee you that he's going to be a force to be reckoned with on the field of play," Coach Sanders says.
A small university pin, gifted to his new coach when he started at Langston University, is now passed down to the teen who was expected to die.
"Michael, you make sure that you keep that close to your heart, and welcome to the family," Coach Sanders told Michael.
"Thank you Coach, I'm cool, I'm not going to cry," Michael said, fighting back tears.
The 15-year-old girl who attacked Colston is at the juvenile detention center, charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
As for the 3.5 gpa scholar, his family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with medical and college expenses.