The teenage Northland rugby player who suffered serious head injuries during a game in April is now able to talk, walk and eat.
Darryl Sabin, 18, was in a coma for weeks after he was knocked out in a club game at Te Hapua.
He had previously suffered a number of concussions playing rugby, and his father, Mike Sabin, had tried but failed to prevent him from taking the field.
Mr Sabin says his son is still in a wheelchair but has passed some major milestones in the past week.
He says Darryl is now able to walk 25 metres with support and in the past fortnight has recovered the ability to speak, laugh and eat solids.