From the COVID-19 pandemic to the U.S. elections, many social media users are in dire need of more upbeat news these days.
There is, therefore, little wonder that the story of a young Taiwanese teen who awakened out of his coma by the words “chicken fillet” has become viral 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 gradually stabilized, but he remained unconscious.
On Chiu’s 62nd day of 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 members and friends of the foreign community in Taiwan and 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 U.S. 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.”