British Teen Waking from Coma with No Knowledge of Pandemic


Eliza Lee, Writer

A British teenager emerging from coma has no awareness of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Joseph Flavill was hit by a car while walking on March 1, 2020, only a few weeks before Britain’s first quarantine. After suffering several traumatic brain injuries, he became comatose and has been ever since. Joseph has caught COVID twice.

Now, he is beginning to regain consciousness. With no knowledge of the current state of the world outside him, Joseph can only communicate in blinks and small movements.

When interviewed by the Guardian, his aunt, Sally Flavill Smith, said this: “I just don’t know where to start with it. 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.”

His family has not been able to visit him, with the except of his mother visiting him on his 19th birthday in December, wearing full PPE.

ILS Senior Cecilia Muniz gave her opinion on what she would do if that happened to her: “I would be grateful to have survived it (COVID) and probably think it’s not a big deal. Once I hear about how it affects the rest of the world I would then understand the gravity then.”