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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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
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