The man who woke up from 12 years of vegetative state says he heard and remembered everything!
Some people look for inspiration outside, while some are inspired from within! Those of you who are unsatisfied with life and are looking for an inspiration, read on to know how blessed you already are.
With the mystifying reality of Martin Pistorious’ life that came into limelight recently, all the claims about the vegetative state of mind stuck in a dilemma. A question has been tossed in front of the human race – how much do we exactly know about our lives, the human brain, and happenings inside our soul? There have been a number of researches over the century about the vegetative state of mind. But with a few recent cases, everything appears to be clueless.
When Martin Pistorious shared his feeling of what he went through during the 12 years of his partially vegetative state, there was an array of emotions and mixed reactions from the readers. Some of them appreciated his strength and willingness to survive, while others cursed the human incapability for Martin’s pain and agony.
1 About Martin Pistorious
In the 80s, Martin Pistorious was an active and handsome young man living in South Africa. The ordeals began when he turned 12. Rather than giving time to his favorite activities (that was mainly electronics), he started sleeping for hours. Slowly, the condition worsened and he lost his appetite followed by the inability to move, speak, and understand.
The family then realized that it was not an ordinary flu, and even the bewildered doctors declared it was a case of Cryptococcal meningitis. Every possible treatment was tried, hoping for some miracle. However, the actual miracle took place after 12 years of long wait.
2 Martin’s Vegetative State
After the doctors declared that there was no hope for Martin’s survival, he was brought back to his home. In a normal vegetative state, the person is not aware of his surroundings whereas, in the case of Martin, the scenario was different. He had been in the complete vegetative state for just two years.
According to him, his senses started coming back after that. His recovery was not sensed by the outsiders, but deep inside, he had started gathering his thoughts and senses. Life became more painful when he turned 16. By that time, he had recognized his immobility, the suffering of his family, and his loneliness.
3 Martin – Trapped Inside His Body
Martin had accepted that his soul was trapped inside his body, and there was nothing he could do. Days and hours were spent with feelings of hatred, agony, and self-defeat until a normal kid’s show threw a spark of inspiration.
Barney & Friends – we all loved this show when we were kids, but Martin hates it. Of course, he has a reason to feel so. Considering that his mental growth had stopped, he was made to watch Barney throughout the day. Although Martin at that time hates the show, yet a phrase from this show turned into an inspiration for his survival.
The young man in his senses started keeping the track of the day and night with the help of sun rays and the Barney show. To avoid his loneliness, he formed a set of characters in his mind and was resolute to fight his fate.
4 Martin – Support From Family
Despite of all the sufferings Martin went through, he should consider himself lucky for his exceptionally caring family. Although his family had lost hope after some years, they never stopped loving him. A strict routine was set by the family in order to take care of him properly.
His father Rodney Pistorious used to wake up in the middle of the night to turn Martin’s sleeping sides, in order to keep bedsores at bay. But, the miracle happened when his nurse Verna was convinced that there was mobility inside Martin. With her assistance, Martin was diagnosed for his consciousness and there he passed with flying colors.
Joan, Martin’s mother, started to train him with symbols at the same instance. With a few years of training, Martin had started to nod and blink with suggestions.
5 Martin – A Successful Young Man
Now, Martin is a capable man with a computer science degree, a reputed job, and a beautiful wife. Yes, after passing the various phases of his training and studies, he eventually got a job in a local office. With the urge of improving himself, he indulged himself into electronics that fascinated him during his childhood. With time, he even created a web designing business.
The spark of life completely returned when he met the love of his life – Joanna. The credit of this beautiful couple goes to Martin’s sister. She is the one who arranged their first meeting via a family web chat. The couple found each other truly amazing and decided to tie the knot.
Martin Pistorious has penned down this incredible story of his survival and achievement in his book “Ghost Boy.” According to the normal scientific theory, when a person enters the vegetative state, he stops sensing the world around him. But in a number of recent chilling cases, there were patients who were declared brain dead. However, after their recovery, they revealed of being conscious throughout the period. Till this time, there is no answer to this mystifying case. But we should always treat the patients in vegetative state with love and care, in the hope of some miracle to take place, some day.