Man Asks for Taco Bell After Waking from Coma

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An army vet who woke up after being in a coma for 48 days had one thing on his mind: Taco Bell.


Jake Booth, 35, from Florida, caught a case of bronchitis in February that later developed into double pneumonia. Things worsened after Jake was sent to the hospital, where he had a heart attack, slipped into a coma and didn’t wake up for 48 days.

USA Today reports:

When he did, to the surprise of his family and his neurologists, he knew who he was, understood where he was and recognized his 6-year-old daughter, Eva, and his 1-year-old son, Aiden. He struggled to speak — and still struggles to speak — due to the lingering effects of intubation and a tracheotomy, but as soon as he could form sounds into words, he made a request.

“I want Taco Bell,” Jake said.

Jake’s friend Jason Schwartz says, “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.”

The Taco Bell request was essentially a sign that Jake was his normal self. Jake couldn’t actually eat solid foods for 22 days, after which he was able to take a nice bite out of several crunchy tacos from Taco Bell. Jake was elated and is alive after eating the Taco Bell.

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Culture Editor, Jezebel


I wish my friends cared about me eating tacos :(