However, a few weeks ago, a miracle appeared to have succeeded in the body of the young man, who began to react little by little: “He slowly began to wake up from Coma 2 in which he was, to obtain a minimal state of consciousness – perception. His relatives said that he gives his responses. The first is for minor stimuli and more and more smile can be seen on his pretty face.
But his loved ones faced the difficulty of gradually integrating the boy into a world fundamentally different from that of March 2020: Doctors were covered around the patient to avoid infection and communicate with the majority of those close to him via video calls. He himself fell ill twice.
As Sally Flavel Smith, the boy’s aunt, told the Guardian, “He doesn’t know anything about the epidemic because he’s been asleep for 10 months. His consciousness is getting better now, but we don’t know what he knows. I just don’t know where to start. A year ago, so … Someone told me what was going to happen in the last year, I wouldn’t believe it. I have no idea how Joseph understands what we all go through. ”
“When you are awake in your room, you have no idea why you are there.” The woman said, then added: “We are trying to make him know that we really want to be there, holding our hands, but we cannot because of the virus.” Then she added: “But At the same time we try to make it as simple as possible, you do not have time to delve into the topic and therefore do not feel realistic. When I have a face-to-face connection, this will be a chance to explain everything to him. “
However, the family is excited about the boy’s recovery: “He’s starting to take some really important steps in the recovery process. He was following orders, for example touching his left and right ear when asked, he is able to move his legs, and he answers yes. Nor through blinking and an amazing step is that he showed us his amazing abilities and sense of humor. “