Boy wakes from coma unaware of COVID

Three weeks before the UK went in to its first national lockdown in March 2020 – Joesph Flavill was hit by a car. He’s been in a coma ever since.

Now slowly emerging from it - the 19-year-old has no idea what COVID is despite having had the virus twice.

"I don't know how Joseph will ever understand our stories of this lockdown, I mean I honestly don't know."

That’s his aunt Sally.

She says his mum reckons Joesph will never believe tales of what living in a global pandemic for the last year has been like.

Joseph suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was hit by the car in the central English town of Burton-on-Trent.

His family say he lived for sport.

COVID restrictions mean they haven’t been able to sit by his bedside.

"Now Joseph can hear us, we know he can hear us because he responds to small commands. So now we do chat to him about it (the pandemic). We're allowed one hour a day on FaceTime and you know Sharon, who's Joseph's mum, will say to Joseph 'I really want to be with you darling, I'm sorry I want to come and hold your hand don't be scared' because obviously for Joseph he's woken up and he hasn't got any of his loved ones around him. One of the most important things really for someone in a coma is that they have the stimulation of familiar sounds, familiar voices and he hasn't he hasn't got that. He just has a screen where we can dial in and try to reassure him through the screen."

Sally says he can now signal with blinks to answer yes and no.

His family has started a fund-raising campaign to help support his long-term recovery.