After being hit by a car on March 1, 2020, and receiving a severe brain injury 19-year-old Joseph Flavill fell into an 11-month long coma. Now he is awake and his family is struggling to find a way to explain the coronavirus pandemic and all of the events that took place over the past couple of months.
The teen’s aunt said, “He won’t know anything about the pandemic as he’s been asleep for 10 months. 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.”
Joe Flavill, 19, has even had coronavirus twice while recovering from being hit by a carhttps://t.co/eIYBHUyc0D
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While in a coma Joseph spent the first couple of months at Leicester General Hospital before being transferred to Adderley Green neurological rehabilitation center in Stoke-on-Trent during which time get caught coronavirus twice and fully recovered.
The family has not yet attempted to explain the magnitude of the pandemic but they are letting him know through video chat that they can not be with him because of virus restrictions.
“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,” his aunt explained.
Joseph has not yet made a full recovery but is able to move his limbs slightly and interact with family members through blinking and smiling.
The family has been able to raise about $40,000 to support the teen in his long road to recovery.