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Martin Pistorius, Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body
Martin Pistorius Ghost Boy The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body Author:Martin Pistorius In January 1988 Martin Pistorius, aged twelve, fell inexplicably sick. First he lost his voice and stopped eating. Then he slept constantly and shunned human contact. Doctors were mystified. Within eighteen months he was mute and wheelchair-bound. Martin's parents were told an unknown degenerative disease left him with the mind of a baby and... more » less than two years to live.
Martin was moved to care centers for severely disabled children. The stress and heartache shook his parents’ marriage and their family to the core. Their boy was gone. Or so they thought.
Ghost Boy is the heart-wrenching story of one boy’s return to life through the power of love and faith. In these pages, readers see a parent’s resilience, the consequences of misdiagnosis, abuse at the hands of cruel caretakers, and the unthinkable duration of Martin’s mental alertness betrayed by his lifeless body.« less
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This should be read by anyone in the health care field. You can never assume that just because someone cannot move, that their brain is not working. That this individual could keep his sanity and come out the other end as a happy, functioning member of society is truly wonderful and amazing.
Tricia F. reviewed Martin Pistorius, Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body on + 7 more book reviews
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Very interesting read. There are a few graphic sexual portions, so this book would not be good for children. It is definitely an eye opener into the life of a disabled person. You truly feel for this man and cheer at what his life is now.
This book deserves six stars or more. It is well written, without a shred of self pity or bitterness. How this man came to emerge from his disabled cocoon after decades of helplessness is an amazing story. His mind was active and complete long before he was able to indicate he could hear and see. He was forced to do nothing more than observe the world around him. When he is finally able to communicate, his brilliance shines out of his disabled, helpless body. An excellent and inspiring book. D.