A teenager who has been in a coma since before the coronavirus pandemic has finally woken up after a horrific car crash.
Joseph Flavill, 19, suffered a severe brain injury after the accident on March 1 last year.
The A-level student was walking along the road when the collision happened, Staffordshire Live reports.
His family is now wondering how to explain Covid-19, lockdowns and social distancing to him as he has no knowledge of what has been going on.
The accident in Burton, Staffs happened three weeks before the first national lockdown came into force on March 23 last year.
He had been in a coma at the Leicester General Hospital where only his mum, Sharon Priestley, could visit due to Covid restrictions.
His relatives said Joe has even caught the virus twice, once while he was still in a coma and once since waking, but has come through it.
The teenager is progressing well after opening his eyes and in the last few weeks he has started moving limbs when he is told to do so.
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He is engaging with family and friends through blinking and smiling.
His aunt Sally Flavill-Smith said: "At first his eyes were open but he wasn't responding to anything, but over the last few weeks he's taken amazing steps.
"He's really trying to engage and blinks and smiles. He's raising his limbs on instruction.
"He's making really good progress. We've got to try to remain positive.
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"He's definitely making improvement."
Joe's family communicates with him through Facetime and his aunt said his face lights up when he sees the screen.
She said: "It's unbelievably hard for his mum not being able to see him.
"We also don't know how much he understands as his accident was before the first lockdown and it's almost like he has slept through the whole pandemic.
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"It's hard as we know he is more alert, but how do you explain the pandemic to someone who has been in a coma?
"A brain injury is very much the unknown, so we haven't been given an idea of what to expect really."
Before the accident Joe, of Tutbury, Staffs was fit and healthy and enjoyed playing sports.
He had wanted to take a year out after his A-levels to go travelling.
His friends and family are fundraising for any future treatment by cycling, walking, running and rowing to travel the equivalent of an around-the-world trip at home.
A fundraising page can be visited here.
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