Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body

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They all thought he was gone. But he was alive and trapped inside his own body for ten years.

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 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.

We also see a life reclaimed—a business created, a new love kindled—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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Thomas Nelson
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Nov 19, 2013
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Pages
288
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9781400205844
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English
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Religion / Spirituality
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Martin Pistorius
Den internationella försäljningssuccén

I januari 1988 blev Martin Pistorius, då 12 år gammal, plötsligt sjuk. Han slutade äta, han sov hela tiden och drog sig undan all mänsklig kontakt. Läkarna förstod inte vad det var för fel, men inom loppet av ett och ett halvt år blev han förlamad, stum och okontaktbar. Martins föräldrar fick förklaringen att han drabbats av en okänd sjukdom som gradvis bröt ner hans kropp och att han antagligen bara hade några år kvar att leva.

Tio år senare tyckte en av Martins terapeuter att hon fick kontakt med honom på ett sätt som man inte tidigare lyckats med. Det visade sig att Martin varit fullt medveten trots att han inte kunnat ge omvärlden några signaler om detta. Han hade tillbringat nästan ett decennium inlåst i en icke fungerande kropp. Ingen hade trott att han förstod någonting av vad som hände honom, och behandlat honom därefter.

Under de följande åren lyckades Martin med hjälp av olika hjälpmedel bygga upp ett nytt liv. Trots att han fortfarande var totalförlamad lärde han sig kommunicera med omvärlden och blev en framstående specialist på datorteknologi. Idag har han funnit kärleken och gift sig.

När jag var osynlig är en drabbande berättelse om tillfrisknande och kärlekens kraft. Martins kamp för att bryta sig loss ur det mörker han vistats i under så lång tid är ett unikt vittnesmål och ett bevis för människans förmåga att åstadkomma det omöjliga. Det är också en berättelse som manar oss alla att ta till vara det vi har och att inte ta något för givet.


Översättare: Cecilia Berglund Barklem,

Omslagsformgivare: Anders Timrén,

Omslagsformgivare: Kine Røst
馬丁.皮斯托留斯(Martin Pistorius)
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媽媽看著我說:「你一定得死。」她不知道我聽得見。

我好想聽媽媽的話,因為這句話遠超過我承受的限度。

他們在等我死,我死了,他們就會解脫。


疾病摧殘我的肉體,但沒有竊據我的心智


馬丁十二歲時莫名生了一場怪病,不到十八個月內他失去言語能力,困在輪椅上,無法進食。醫生束手無策,只能告訴他父母,這是一種未知的退化性疾病,他們的兒子只剩下嬰兒程度的心智,而且活不過兩年。


沒有人知道馬丁的心智正慢慢甦醒,他可以思考,意識清晰,可是他無法告訴任何人。身體囚禁了他的心靈,外界的人都認為他是植物人。


過了十年後,一名治療師才發覺馬丁是清醒的,他的雙親發現自己的兒子跟過去一樣聰明。發病十三年後,馬丁終於為動彈不得的身體敲開一扇窗,讓大家發覺他其實一直都在。雖然僵坐在輪椅上而且無法說話,可是他很快就適應了電腦科技,開始和人溝通。在那之後,身心發展突飛猛進。他排除萬難完成大學學業,學會開車,開啟網頁設計的一片天,並且找到一生摯愛組成家庭。


馬丁的積極能量感染到每一個接觸他的人,他藉本書告訴我們,愛與心靈的強大力量可以跨越重重障礙。


【好評推薦】


從被困住到提昇人生各層面的品質是不容易的歷程,馬丁的真實經歷令人感動、感佩,讀起來覺得自己「向上提升」。

──彭懷真(中華民國幸福家庭促進協會理事長、東海大學社工系副教授)


閱讀這本書使我與兒子洛根更加親近,他是嚴重的自閉症患者,無法言語。看著馬丁透過寫作透露他的個人經驗,我大大理解洛根所面對的挑戰。無論是誰,只要生命中接觸過溝通障礙者,都一定要讀讀這本書!

──葛倫.戴博斯(ProxTalker.com, LLC總裁)


生活中經歷的各種不公不義都能幫助我們成長茁壯。他提醒我們,只要選擇去做,任何人都能從人生轉折中獲得滋養。體驗過馬丁的人生之後,你將成為更美好的人。

──麥可.辛森(紐約時報暢銷書《請帶我回家》作者)


如果今年有時間讀一本書,我建議你選擇馬丁.皮斯托留斯的《困在身體裡的男孩》。或許你對徹底活著這課題的疑惑會減少許多。

──黛安.尼爾森.布萊恩(美國坦普大學名譽教授)


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