A UK teenager has woken up from a coma of around 11 months, causing his family to wonder how they will explain the coronavirus pandemic to him, according to reports this week.
Joseph Flavill, 19, from Staffordshire, suffered a serious brain injury after being hit by a car on March 1, 2020, around three weeks before the UK entered its first nationwide lockdown.
“He will not know anything about the pandemic because he has been sleeping for 10 months,” his aunt, Sally Flavill Smith, told the Guardian on Tuesday. “A year ago, if someone had told me what was going to happen last year, I don’t think I would have believed them. I have no idea how Joseph is going to understand what we all went through. “
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The teenager spent months in Leicester General Hospital before being transferred to Adderley Green neurological rehabilitation center in Stoke-on-Trent.
During this time, he caught the coronavirus twice and recovered.
Flavill Smith said the family had not yet attempted to explain the scale of the pandemic, but had tried to let him know through video calls that they couldn’t be with him in person due to viral restrictions.
“We don’t really have time to get into the pandemic very much – that just doesn’t feel real, does it? him what happened, ”said Flavill Smith, according to the news site.
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Although not fully recovered, the teenager has started to move his limbs and responds to the family by blinking and smiling, his family said.
“We still have a long way to go, but the milestones he has taken over the past three weeks have been absolutely incredible,” added Flavill Smith.
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At the start of Wednesday, the family raised nearly £ 33,000 (around $ 40,000) to support Flavill in her long-term recovery.