A teenager waking up from a coma has to come to terms with the Covdi-19 pandemic despite having caught the disease twice in hospital.
19-year-old Joseph Flavill was hit by a car last March in the UK at the start of the global pandemic.
Now the teenager has started to wake up from his coma, they’re unable to visit in person due to Coronavirus restrictions. And trying to explain that – and the entire pandemic – has been tricky, to say the least.
“I just don’t know where to start with it,” his aunt Sally Flavill Smith told The Guardian. “A year ago if someone had told me what was going to happen over the last year, I don’t think I would have believed it. I’ve got no idea how Joseph’s going to come to understand what we’ve all been through.”
The family have tried to explain over a video call why they’re not there in person but they haven’t tried to explain how much of a global problem it is.
“We try to keep it as simple as possible, we don’t really have the time to go into the pandemic hugely – it just doesn’t feel real does it? When he can actually have the face-to-face contact, that will be the opportunity to actually try to explain to him what has happened.”
The teenager is starting to recover and can move both legs, respond to questions and smile at his family.
And, in a dark twist, he caught Covid twice while in hospital, recovering on both occasions.
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