When Joseph Flavill was hit by a car on 1 March 2020, only a few dozen coronavirus infections were known in the United Kingdom. Three weeks later, the country went into lockdown. The British, at the age of 18, fell into a coma after the accident and is now slowly waking up from it – in a world that looks very different.
“ I dont know if Joseph will ever understand our stories about the lockdown,” says his aunt Sally to the British newspaper The Guardian. “I just dont know where to start. If someone had told me about what was going to happen a year ago, I dont think I would have believed them.”
According to Sally, her cousin still has a very long way to go before hes fully recovered. In the accident last year, Joseph suffered severe brain damage.
“ He now shows small signs of recovery,” says his aunt. “We know he can hear us and he responds to simple commands.” Joseph manages to say yes or no by blinking his eyes.
Because of the severe corona measures in the UK, the family of 19-year-old Brit can hardly visit him. Relatives communicate with him through a video connection.
According to Sally, they also try to explain that they cant be with him now by the strict rules, but keep it as simple as possible. “We dont really have time to go into the pandemic extensively. If we can reconnect face-to-face, we can explain what happened,” she says to The Guardian.
Joseph himself became infected with the coronavirus twice in recent times, but he has recovered both times.