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Published: Jan 14, 2015
Man awakens after 12 year coma [PHOTOS\VIDEO]
by Tashi Singh


Man awakens after 12 year coma [PHOTOS\VIDEO], In the late 1980s, 12 year old Martin Pistorious was initially hospitalized with what doctors diagnosed as Cryptococci Meningitis. His condition quickly got worse, ultimately leaving him unable to speak or move.

According to NPR, doctors advised his parents, Rodney and Joan Pistorius, to take him home and keep him comfortable until he passed away.
<small> Martin Pistorius\NPR</small>
Martin Pistorius\NPR
But he kept living.

In a first-person account for Britain's Daily Mail, Pistorius described the period after he slipped into a coma: "I was completely unresponsive. I was in a virtual coma but the doctors couldn't diagnose what had caused it. I was treated for tuberculosis and cryptococcal meningitis, but no conclusive diagnosis was made. Medication after medication was tried – to no effect. I'd travelled beyond what medicine understood. I was lost in the land where dragons lie and no one could rescue me."

When he would finally awaken in the early 1990s, about the age of 14 or 15, Pistorius would emerge in a bleak state of mind.

"I had a sense that something was wrong," he told The Wright Stuff, a British TV program.

"I suppose you can almost describe it like when you are trying to wake up from a dream, but can't."

At some point, between the ages of 16 and 19, Pistorius would fully regain his consciousness only to be confronted by the jarring reality of his situation, according to NPR.

When he was 25, Martin’s aromatherapist, detected his slight smiles, his efforts to indicate he was aware by nodding and gazing. At her request, he went for testing at the Center for Augmentative and Alternative Communication at the University of Pretoria, where tests confirmed he was aware and responsive. His consciousness was finally recognized by others.

Martin, now 39, taught himself to read and write. He got a job at a health center. He went to university. And in 2009, he married Joanna. The couple lives in England, and he works as a web designer.

Martin wrote his tome, "Ghost Boy, My Escape From a Life Locked Inside My Own Body"

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