Clever, Anna. Not sure it will do what he wants, but would be worth a try.
He would have to pretend that the failure occurred just after he backed up the DB, even if that happens to have been a year or two in the past. Because he wants to always restore the DB to its like-new state.
An optimist sees the glass as half full.
A pessimist sees the glass as half empty.
A realist drinks it no matter how much there is.