In the late 1980s, Martin Pistorius from South Africa fell into a coma when he was 12-years old.
Doctors were not sure about the cause of illness, but they suspected it was cryptococcal meningitis. His condition worsened and eventually, he lost the ability to speak and move.
Physicians said he would not last long but the family proceeded with a routine. Every morning his father would dress Martin and take him to the care center. He’d give him a bath, feed him dinner and put him to bed at the end of the day.
His parents would get up every two hours to turn Martin’s body so that he wouldn’t get bed sores.
They led this life for 12 years.
Today, Martin is talking again and uses a computer to speak. He is mobile with a wheelchair and his awareness is back.
After coming back from the coma, he wrote a book, “Ghost Boy: My Escape From A Life Locked Inside My Own Body.” In the book, he explains what all he remembers from those 12 years.
He says that he started to wake up about two years into his coma and he remembers a lot of things from that time. Everyone around him used to think that he could not hear them.
He said, “Everyone was so used to me not being there that they didn’t notice when I began to be present again.”
Stuck in his body, he felt doomed.
“I cannot even express to you how much I hated Barney,” Martin said.
Sadly, Martin also heard his mother saying to him, “I hope you die.”
Joan Pistorious feels guilty about the episode but Martin understands where it came from.
Source – Daily Mail