Martin Pistorius

How my mind came back to life — and no one knew

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Imagine being unable to say, "I am hungry," "I am in pain," "thank you," or "I love you,” — losing your ability to communicate, being trapped inside your body, surrounded by people yet utterly alone. For 13 long years, that was Martin Pistorius’s reality. After contracting a brain infection at the age of twelve, Pistorius lost his ability to control his movements and to speak, and eventually he failed every test for mental awareness. He had become a ghost. But then a strange thing started to happen — his mind began to knit itself back together. In this moving talk, Pistorius tells how he freed himself from a life locked inside his own body.

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At age 12, Martin Pistorius fell into a coma, and spent 13 years locked inside his body, unable to communicate — until a caregiver noticed his eyes responded to her. His book "Ghost Boy" tells his story.

At age 12, Martin Pistorius fell into a coma, and spent 13 years locked inside his body, unable to communicate — until a caregiver noticed his eyes responded to her. His book "Ghost Boy" tells his story.