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Martin Pistorius Says He was Aware of Everything While in Coma for 12 Years


Martin Pistorius was in a vegetative state for 12 years, but he was aware of everything.

He eventually woke up now is now telling his story to others in an effort to share his journey of faith and love.

Pistorius grew up in South Africa and contracted cryptococcal meningitis before slowing fading into unconsciousness at just 12 years old. He describes how he was later regained his consciousness, but was trapped in his own body and no one knew it.

His published memoir, “Ghost Boy: My Escape From a Life Locked Inside My Own Body,” takes readers through this journey.

“My mind was trapped inside a useless body, my arms and legs weren’t mine to control and my voice was mute,” Martin writes in his memoir. “I couldn’t make a sign or sounds to let anyone know I’d become aware again. I was invisible – the ghost boy.”

His parents Rodney and Joan Pistorius took their son home, but never dreamed he would become conscious two years after he became comatose. His father dressed him and drove him to a health care facility where he remained for eight hours every day and he was bored there listening to the Barney TV show playing in the background. At home, his father bathed and fed him as well as woke up every two hours to turn him so he wouldn’t get bed sores.

It wasn’t until Pistorius was 25 years old that his aroma-therapist noticed his attempt at making a smile, nod and gaze to demonstrate his awareness. He was sent to the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication at the University of Pretoria for further tests that confirmed he was aware.

In the years since his awakening, Pistorius learned to read and write, attended university and got a job at a health center. He married in 2009 and moved to England where he is now a web designer.

“This is an incredible story of human courage and survival,” said Attorney James Johnson. “So many families whose loved ones have been through this may have hope and understanding through this story.”

For more information about this book visit the author’s website.

If you have legal questions about an accident, contact Johnson Attorneys Group for a free consultation at 800-235-6801.

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