After 12 Years, Man Wakes Up From Coma, Says He Could Understand Everything

Imagine being alive but trapped in your own body. Martin Pistorius of South Africa says this was his reality for 12 years.

At age 12, Pistorius became ill with a neurodegenerative disease that left him in a vegetative state. While his mind woke up at age 14 or 15, his body did not. The world around him thought he was unconscious, though he was very much alert and capable of cognition on the inside.

Pistorius could see and hear, but he was unable to talk or control his body movement. Doctors told his parents he couldn’t understand and wasn’t aware of what was going on around him.

“For some many years, I was like a ghost,” Pistorius told NBC. “It was like I wasn’t there. Like I was invisible.”

One day a therapist realized that he did understand what was going on around him and helped Pistorius gain strength of body and mind. Now he gets around in a wheelchair and types through a computer that speaks his words for him.

He’s also gotten married and drives an adaptive car.

During the time he spent trapped in his own mind, Pistorius overheard things that a person never should. He remembers hearing his mother tell him "I hope you die" because she was heartbroken by seeing her son in the state he was in.

She was unaware that he understand and extremely sorry she said those words.

While Pistorius was saddened and upset by the comment, he tells NBC News "I understood where that was coming from. My mother often felt that she wasn't a good mom... I couldn't tell her that 'No, you are doing great.' She was a good mother."

He endured physical, mental and even sexual abuse at the hands of his caretakers and says there wasn’t a single facility he was in where he didn’t experience or witness abuse.

However, he says, there were many more good people who helped him than those who harmed him.

“Treat everyone with kindness, dignity, compassion and respect, whether or not you think they understand,” Pistorius said. “Never underestimate the power of the mind, the importance of faith and love, and never stop dreaming.”

Pistorius also has a book, “Ghost Boy,” on the New York Times Bestseller List.

Source: LittleThings
Photos: YouTube Screenshot

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