From the COVID-19 pandemic to the United States 2020 presidential election, many American social media users are in dire need of more upbeat news these days.
Therefore, a recent story of a young Taiwanese teen being awakened out of his coma by the words “chicken fillet” has begun circulating the Internet as it offers the comedic relief many so desperately need.
According to local Chinese-language media, a young teen from Hsinchu County, surnamed Chiu, was severely injured in a car accident in July last year.
Following 6 major surgeries, including craniotomy, laparotomy, right kidney nephrectomy and splenectomy, Chiu’s condition was gradually stabilized, but he was still unconscious.
However, on Chiu’s 62nd day of being in a coma, his family brought a chicken fillet into his hospital room during their visit, which proved pivotal for his sudden recovery.
Reports state that as soon as Chiu’s brother whispered in his ear, “I’m going to eat your favorite chicken fillet”, the monitors showed Chiu’s heartbeat accelerating, and he was gradually able to regain consciousness.
The story amazed both the foreign community in Taiwan and expats abroad, and many replied, “Can’t get any more Taiwanese than this!”
Some commented, “This should be international news!” as others added, “Now I really want a chicken fillet.”
Foreigners also suggested that whispering “Chick-fil-A”, a popular fast food restaurant chain in the US may work well with American patients.
However, as Chick-fil-A closes on Sunday for religious reasons, social media users added that the solution will only “work 6 days a week.”