Mom Tells Her Brain-Dead Son, 'I Hope You Die!' Years Later, He Remembers Every Single Word
A boy who was trapped in his own body for ten years was finally released when a kind-hearted woman saw something in his eyes that made her believe he was in there.
Martin Pistorius, from South Africa, was a young and healthy boy. There was nothing about him that could have prepared his parents for the devastation that was to come one day, when he came back home from school feeling sick.
Martin only got worse as the days went by. It was like he was no longer there. He was unable to communicate or control his body. He could not speak or show any emotion. The doctors had no choice but to tell his worried parents that their boy had a neurodegenerative disease.
Their diagnosis alluded to the fact that Martin was brain dead and completely unaware of the world around him.
For 10 years, the boy lived in this state. He was there, but not really. He was like a ghost. Everyone ignored him and he even suffered sexual, physical and verbal abuse during this time. He was believed to be brain dead. His mother felt so hopeless that she once told her son to his face, "I hope you die."
Then one day, a physical therapist named Virna Van Der Walt met him. She said she found a glimmer in his eye that told her this boy was in there somewhere. She believed Martin was capable of communicating, that he was not brain dead at all.
A set of tests were performed and they showed that, even though Martin was unable to speak, he actually understood what was going on around him.
The next step was helping him learn to communicate. This was no easy feat but, eventually, the boy's mind became stronger. He uses a computer-aided device to 'talk', he learned to drive and even attended college.
When asked about what it felt like to hear his mother wish him dead, Martin had nothing but words of support for the woman.
My mother often felt that she wasn’t a good mom, and one of the hardest things for me was I couldn’t tell her that ‘no you are doing great.’ She is a good mother.
He also shared an important message of love and acceptance.
Treat everyone with kindness, dignity, compassion, and respect whether you think they understand or not.
His life story has taught him and many people out there never to underestimate the power of the mind and to show love wherever and however they find themselves.
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