Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body
by Martin Pistorius
Nelson Books, 2013. 276 pgs. Biography
At the age of 12, Martin Pistorius slowly began to withdraw from life. His parents and doctor were mystified as to the cause and within 18 months he was completely unable to interact with the world around him. However, several years later, Martin’s mind started to wake up and he spent nine years fully conscious but unable to communicate with his family or caregivers.
Then one day, a new caregiver became convinced that Martin was aware and convinced his parents to have him tested. After tests confirmed he could understand what was being said Martin was given the technology and developed the skills he needed to communicate, and began to re-enter the world.
This is an inspiring story of dedication and love. Martin and his family survived heart-wrenching tragedy and seemingly insurmountable obstacles. But his emergence as a vibrant, happy and hopeful man, excited to face the world, and anxious to help others can’t help but lift the spirit.