When a heart attack victim recently awoke from a 48-day coma, his first words were, “I want my Taco Bell,” according to the fast-food chain.
USA Today reported that Jake Booth, 35, of Florida was diagnosed with bronchitis in February. The Army veteran, a former deputy for the Collier County Sheriff’s Department, later developed double pneumonia and landed in a hospital. He clapsed into the coma when his heart failed, prompting doctors to transfer him to Tampa General Hospital.
Though neurologists and Booth’s family members feared he would never regain consciousness, he finally woke up. Though he had trouble talking, he clearly recognized his 6-year-old daughter, Eva; and 1-year-old son, Aiden.
“He actually said, out loud, ‘I want Taco Bell,’ Booth’s brother Jason Schwartz recalled. He told “This Week in Taco Bell”: “That was the very first thing he said. … When he starts getting into a full sentence, he can’t do it. But when he does one or two words at a time, you can definitely understand him. So when he asked for Taco Bell almost immediately, his friend Tyler definitely heard him say ‘Taco Bell.’ Tyler said, ‘Do you want Taco Bell?’ And Jake said, ‘Yes.’”
Booth was not able to consume solid food for another 22 days. Seventy days after his last regular meal, he gobbled down eight and a half “crunchy tacos.” Schwartz commented: “We’d all been waiting an entire month for him to eat those tacos. It was symbolic of the entire thing — more of a metaphor of him having woken up and being given a second chance at life.”