Martin Pistorius grew up in South Africa. Up until he was twelve-years-old, he was leading a perfectly healthy and happy life. But one day, he returned home from school and felt sick. After being rushed to a doctor, he was diagnosed with a degenerative illness. Soon after, Martin fell into a coma and was unable to communicate or move.
At this point, everyone thought that Martin was completely unaware of what was going on around him, but they could not be further from the truth. While in a coma, Martin was “awake” and able to overhear conversations, kind of like a ghost. He was able to observe those around him, and he saw how people are when they think n one is watching. For instance, his mother, once stated – in a moment of despair – that she hoped he would die. Martin knew where she was coming from, and he desperately wished he could tell his mother how grateful he was for her, but sadly, he was unable to.
Martin also witnessed a lot of abuse while in his “ghost-like” state, but most of his caregivers were good people. One day, a therapist was checking-in on Martin when he noticed there was a glimmer in his eye. Tests then revealed that Martin could communicate. Thanks to this observation, Martin’s mind and body slowly grew stronger, and after years of hard work, Marin can now speak through a computer and is happily married.
Martin’s message for everyone is simple: treat everyone with compassion and respect regardless of if you think they will understand or not.
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