MIRACLE: Meet the British boy who woke up from a year-long coma unaware of COVID-19 pandemic
When Joseph was in a coma, his family could not be near him and hold his hand due to coronavirus restrictions.
A 19-year-old British boy, Joseph Flavill, suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was hit by a car in the central English town of Burton-on-Trent on the 1st of March 2020. The teenager went into a coma three weeks before the government imposed the first national lockdown to curb the virus’s spread.
When Joseph was in a coma, his family could not be near him and hold his hand due to coronavirus restrictions. They used to communicate with him via a video link only.
Now, the boy has finally started to show signs of recovery. After approximately a year of the accident, Joseph is slowly emerging from the coma. Talking about his recovery, Sally Flavill (Joseph’s aunt) said:
Recently Joseph has started to show small signs of recovery, which we are thrilled about. We know now he can hear us; he responds to small commands.
She continued to state:
When we say to him, ‘Joseph, we can’t be with you, but you are safe, this is not going to be forever,’ he understands, he hears you, he just can’t communicate. He now signals ‘yes’ with a blink and ‘no’ with two blinks.
Sadly, the boy will wake up to a world he never knew existed – the Covid-19 pandemic. Since Joseph’s accident, Britain has registered nearly four million Covid-19 cases, including more than 110,000 deaths, in a pandemic that has turned life upside down worldwide, shuttering schools, universities, shops, and many other places.
According to Joseph’s family, the young boy caught the virus twice while in a coma. Talking about this, Joseph’s aunt said:
I don’t know how Joseph will ever understand our stories of this lockdown. He is still very ill and already faces a “very, very long journey” back to some kind of normal life.
It should be noted that before the accident, Joseph was a keen sportsman. Currently, the boy is receiving treatment at a care center in Stoke-on-Trent, central England. Joseph’s family has started a fund-raising campaign www.josephsjourney.co.uk to help support the young kid’s long-term recovery journey.
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