Army Veteran Wakes Up from 48 day Coma says “I want Taco Bell!”

By Faye Higbee

Army Veteran Wakes Up from 48 day Coma says “I want Taco Bell!”

Jake Booth, 35, a Florida Army veteran, went through a severe bout with pneumonia that left him in a coma for 48 days. But when he woke up…it was time for food.

He actually said, out loud, ‘I want 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.’” Jason Schwartz

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Jake Booth, Facebook photo shared by Tyson Chronister

Never quit taking your pills early

USA Today reported,

In February, Jake Booth, a 35-year-old Army vet and former Sheriff’s deputy in Collier County, Fla., came down with a case of bronchitis. Antibiotics helped, but after Booth quit taking his pills a few days early, the bronchitis turned into double pnemonia. While hospitalized for treatment, Booth suffered a heart attack and fell into a coma. He had to be airlifted to Tampa General Hospital for more extensive treatment. His family did not know if he would ever wake up, or how much damage his brain endured from a loss of oxygen.


Booth’s neurologist was surprised because the veteran had been intubated, and a coma can leave people with memory gaps. It can also make people suspicious, angry or change their personality significantly. In Jake Booth’s case, he woke up hungry. And he knew exactly what he wants: Taco Bell.

He recognized his 6 year old daughter and his 1 year old son, and though he struggled to speak…he knew what he wanted.

Since he wasn’t cleared for solid food for another 22 days, he had to wait for his Taco Bell fix. But as soon as he was ready, 8 1/2 crunchy tacos were delivered to him. And Taco Bell got in the game after noting the post on Reddit and sent him a t-shirt and a hand-written note.

Friends have started a GoFund Me Page for his family.