GHOST BOY. The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed. Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body. MARTIN PISTORIUS. 1. They all thought he was gone. But he was alive and trapped inside his own body for ten years. In January Martin Pistorius, aged twelve, fell inexplicably. In his memoir “Ghost Boy: The. Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside. His Own Body” (Nelson Books, pps.), a New.

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That's how it was A friend had read an early copy of Ghost Boy and highly recommended it to our book club. We put the title on our book club's future read list and I set out to find an advance copy of my own.

I was so fortunate to receive a free advance copy from NetGalley.

Without question, Ghost Boy is one of the most inspirational and engaging books I have ever read. It is almost impossible to believe that this gifted human being was kept from us because he had no method of communicating with the world.

This riveting story is told with candor and poise revealing what it was like to be trapped inside his own unresponsive body and the changes in everyone's lives as he makes his slow entry back into the world of the living. Martin, a native of South Africa, tells his story from his point of view.

The book opens in the day care center where he is strapped upright in a chair and pushed in front of a television for hours and hours mentally tortured as he is force-fed Barney and Teletubby reruns.

When he was 16 years old he began to have spurts of "daylight" and it scared him to learn that he was no longer a little boy but now a half-grown man.

Over time he regains full cognitive abilities but has no way to tell the world he had come out of the darkness. Unaware of his ability to see and hear everything around him, he hears intimate conversations never meant to be shared with him. He is physically abused and sexually violated by insensitive and abusive day care workers.

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He sees the hardships and strain his care places on his family and has no way to express his appreciation and love. In January 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 less than two years to live. Martin was moved to care centers for severely disabled children. Their boy was gone.

Or so they thought. We also see a life reclaimed—a business created, a new love sited—all from a wheelchair.

Martin's emergence from his own darkness invites us to celebrate our own lives and fight for a better life for others.

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