Being trapped inside your own body unable to move or communicate and without anyone, including yourself, realizing you are still there, might sound like the worst nightmare one could ever imagine.
Sadly, such terrifying stories are some people’s reality.
Martin Pistorius, a 12-year-old boy from South Africa, was struck by a mysterious neurological illness. It didn’t take long before he lost the ability to move and communicate. He simply slipped into an inexplicable comatose state, or at least everyone thought so.
It seemed like he was completely unaware of his surroundings, but that was far from the truth. A few years after he became bed-bounded, he became aware of his condition, but there was nothing he could do as he couldn’t move or speak.
It wasn’t until years later that doctors discovered he was somewhere there, trapped inside his own body.
“My awareness was something that happened gradually, so it wasn’t like one moment I was asleep and the next moment I was awake,” he told All in the Mind. “As my awareness returned, it took me a while to fully comprehend that I was trapped inside my body,” Martin shared after he finally got his life back, although never to the fullest.
We can never imagine what it must feel like to experience something as frightening as what Martin went through.
Today, Martin is able to walk but he never regained back the ability to speak. Instead, his speech is facilitated through computer-assisted communication.
He is married and runs his own business from his home in Essex, UK.
His life experience was put on paper as Martin wrote a book that turned into a bestseller, Ghost Boy: My escape from a life locked inside my own body, published by Simon & Schuster.
His interview for NBC News has been seen by over 10 million people. For more on his remarkable story go to the video below and don’t forget to SHARE it with your family and friends on Facebook because it’s so worth sharing.