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A confused man wakes up in a hospital bed, a worried nurse at his side. What happened, he wonders? How did he get here? The last thing he remembers is passing out.
The nurse rushes out of the room, leaving him alone with his thoughts. Slowly, terror starts to creep in. Is he badly injured? How long has he been here for?
A doctor enters the room, but his jovial manner does nothing to reassure his patient. Instead, he drops an unbelievable bombshell on the disorientated man.
Turning serious, the doctor informs his patient that he has been in the hospital for some time. Since the accident that put him in a coma, an entire decade has passed.
This incredible video, depicting the unbelievable experience of a man known only as Ray, has been watched more than 25 million times since it surfaced online. He is shown regaining consciousness in a hospital bed, with no knowledge of the events that have brought him there.
He does not even look surprised when the doctor tells him that he had been drinking and then decided to drive. In fact, he had a history of similar transgressions, with a shocking five DUIs on his record.
In the United States, three people are killed every two hours in alcohol-related road accidents. But such grim statistics have little impact on people such as Ray, who admits to the doctor that drinking is the last thing he can remember.
With the reality of his situation sinking in, Ray’s first thoughts are of his family. “Is my daughter all right?” he asks.
Left alone again, he tries to relax by watching the television. But what he sees on the news further adds to his spiral of confusion. The stories are strange and unfamiliar, and a new President holds office in the United States.
A second doctor enters the room, amazed to see Ray awake. He begins to poke and prod him in various places, checking to see what sensations he can feel. But it’s then that a stunning revelation takes place.
Instead of caring for Ray, the doctor is possessed by a sudden rage. He slaps his patient across the face, and then again, harder. Finally, Ray realizes that something is up.
While the two men wrestle, the doctor’s surgical mask slips and Ray recognizes his friend Tom Mabe. A famous internet comedian and practical joker, Mabe is known for his elaborate pranks.
But although Ray now has a smile on his face, Tom is failing to see the funny side. This isn’t one of his typical jokes – he has a very serious message that he is trying to convey.
Frustrated, he shouts at his dazed and confused friend. “You’ve got five DUIs,” he repeats over and over, hoping to impress on Ray the foolishness of continually getting behind the wheel while drunk.
Ray reacts in good humor to the prank, jokingly threatening to kill Tom. But it is clear that the latter is not going to let him off the hook easily.
“It’s not funny,” he reiterates. “You could have lost your daughter. Dude, you’ve gotta stop this.”
Eventually, Tom leaves the room. He is clearly upset by Ray’s lack of consideration of the dangers of drunk driving.
It is not known whether or not the prank had a lasting effect on Ray and his tendency to drive while under the influence of alcohol. However, the video has caused quite a stir online.
While some commenters praised Tom and his co-conspirators for being good friends to Ray with this amazing intervention, others suggested that they hadn’t taken the ruse far enough. Many felt that Ray should have been told that someone had died in the “accident” that he had supposedly caused.
For Tom, the video was a sharp departure from his previous pranks, which have included flying a drone dressed as the grim reaper at Halloween and pretending to be a homicide detective when answering telemarketing calls. But by using his pranking talents to drive home a deadly serious point, he hoped to save his friend from ending up in a hospital bed for real.