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Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body Paperback – November 19, 2013
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Martin Pistorius was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1975. An unknown illness at the age of twelve left him wheelchair bound and unable to speak, and he spent fourteen years in institutions. In 2001 he learned to communicate via computer, make friends and change his life. In 2008 he met the love of his life, Joanna, and immigrated to the UK. In 2009 they married and in 2010 he started his own business. He describes himself a Geek with a wicked sense of humour and a love of technology. He loves animals, is a keen photographer, enjoys watching cricket, Formula 1 Grand Prix and films, listening to music, spending time with friends and, most of all, being with his wife.
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As Martin becomes more aware, he realizes that he has little to no control over his limbs and that he has no voice. All he can do is smile and move his eyes and head. He tries to use these signals to let everyone around him know that he is conscious and aware, but, as he states in the book, "They'd been told long ago that I was severely brain damaged, so when the young man with stick-like limbs, empty eyes, and drool running down his chin occasionally lifted his head, that's what they saw."
Martin spends the next decade in his unresponsive body, without a working voice. His days are spent at a day care facility while his parents work, but his father picks him up every evening to take him home to the family. His mind is active, and he spends much of his time developing elaborate fantasies to escape the horror of being trapped inside his own body; it's the only way he keeps from going mad.
Then a new caretaker enters his life and has a hunch that Martin is aware. She convinces others around her, and they take him to be evaluated for an alternative communication device. He passes the evaluation, and a new life is opened for him.
Martin speaks of his faith in God; that while he couldn't explain it, he knew that God was with him and he wasn't alone. His courage and strength is inspiring, as is the love of his father and mother and the woman he ends up marrying. I couldn't put the book down. Ghost Boy is an book of amazing perseverance through the most horrific trials one could imagine, and it's definitely worth your time to check out this true story.
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