A Florida man woke up hungry with just one thing on his mind. “I want Taco Bell” were the first word’s out of Jake Booth’s mouth.
The 35-year-old Army veteran was hospitalized in February after suffering a heart attack and two bouts of pneumonia. His condition worsened and he subsequently fell into a coma.
Initially worried that he might never again open his eyes, his family was thrilled when he regained consciousness at Tampa General Hospital. His first words, however, were not what they expected to hear.
“He actually said, out loud, ‘I want Taco Bell,'” Booth’s older brother Jason Schwartz told USA Today. “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.”
Over the next three days, the father of two had to adequately recover from a tracheotomy and intubation. After 22 days, however, he got the feast that he wanted – possibly the 8 1/2 most delicious Crunchy Tacos ever.
The social media mavens at Taco Bell spotted Booth’s story on Reddit and on social media, and supplied him with a care package of swag.
Booth was still recovering Saturday. His brother has set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for Booth’s hospital stay and rehabilitation, to which he hopes Taco Bell will also donate.