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Young boy who fell into a coma suddenly wakes up after 12 years

By Mason White 11:04 AM January 15, 2015
Martin Pistorius 

By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) A man spoke about his ordeal of being in a coma for 12 years before waking up.

Martin Pistorius from South Africa, was only 12 years old when he was hospitalized with what doctors diagnosed as cryptococcal meningitis.

The child’s condition deteriorated rapidly, ultimately leaving him unable to move or speak.

Doctors told his parents that their son had a limited time to live, and he will probably never be more than a vegetable.

His devoted parents took him home from the hospital and kept him as comfortable as possible while preparing for his death.

However, “Martin kept it going, he just kept going,” Joan Pistorius, the boy’s mother, said.

For 12 years, the parents cared for him. His devoted father Pistorius, woke up every morning to dress his son and took him to a special care center.

He then picked him up eight hours later, bathed him, fed him and put him in bed. Rodney set his alarm clock for every two hours so he can turn his son to prevent bedsores.

Throughout those years, Pistorius showed no signs of improvement and his parents had very little hope that their son would ever recover.

His mother Joan, recalls with bitterness how she told her son: “I hope you die.”

“I know it’s a horrible thing to say. I just wanted some relief,” she explained.

When Pistorius miraculously awoke after 12 years, he said that he was “aware of everything” while he was trapped in a vegetative state – including his mother’s ugly comment.

Pistorius said that about two years into his coma, at age 14, his mind woke up, but he was unable to move his body. Pistorius said that he felt trapped in his body. He felt totally alone, and he was in a very dark place.

He also said that he remembers how the care center played reruns of “Barney” over and over again. “I cannot even express how much I hated Barney,” he said.

Pistorius eventually learned to communicate via computer. He then went on to get a job at a government office.

His life took yet another turn for the better when he met a social worker named Joanna, who is a friend of his sister.

Joanna said that she was instantly drawn to Pistorius’ sense of humor. The two got engaged and later married.

Pistorius, now 39, lives in Harlow, England, with his wife, and has published a memoir about his incredible life called: “Ghost Boy: My Escape From A Life Locked Inside My Own Body.”