Martin Pistorius ´ Ghost Boy KINDLE

PDF ✓ BOOK Ghost Boy FREE º JOHNSCYCLINGDIARY â [Reading] ➺ Ghost Boy Author Martin Pistorius – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk They all thought he was gone But he was alive and trapped inside his own body for ten yearsIn January 1988 Martin Pistorius aged twelve fell inexplicably sick First he lost his voice and sThey all thought he was gone But he was alive and trapped inside his own body for ten yearsIn 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 dise What do you think the worst things to tolerate would be if you had locked in syndrome and could not communicate at all with people who did not even realise you had cognitive function? Unseasoned food too hot coffee fed through a straw and being positioned with his testicles trapped under him in his wheelchair Also that having to watch Barney loving everyone on the care home tv was driving him madThe author fell into a vegetative state at age 12 and started to come round at 16 but it was not until he was 19 and a carer realised that he was conscious and listening to her that tests and eventually communication devices made a return to a relatively normal life possible The author is still in a wheelchair and still uses a computer to speak but he is married and works at a high level in computers What stands out about the book is the author's detailing of the abuse especially the sexual abuse he received from women carers who used his body to satisfy themselves in perverse ways secure in the knowledge he couldn't tell anyone There are also incidents of violence such as when the author was given an enema so violently he bled copiously He continued bleeding into the bath he was given The carer dipped his toothbrush in this bloody fouled water and brushed his teeth with itEvery week there are stories of children in care homes and vulnerable adults in old age homes being physically violently abused I never imagined that women would sexually abuse teenage boys with presumed no mental capacity thoughThe book isn't really that interesting The story is not uniue but the author is so three stars for the book but one for the author for overcoming everything including total illiteracy to write it

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Ase left him with the mind of a baby and less than two years to liveMartin 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 thoughtGhost 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 This is the incredible story of a once normal 12 year old boy who fell inexplicably sick and became a « living vegetable » For six years he’s “out” Between the age of 18 and 20 his mind slowly but steadily resurges while his body remains totally unresponsive to his will To the world including the people caring for him and even to his family he still seems the lifeless body without a brain or any intelligence While Martin himself does not remember being the once normal 12 year old he does feel that the way he is being treated and occupied or not is unsuitable “No one seems to consider that even people who are thought to be intellectually impaired can change as they grow older” Not to mention the people who consider him solely an object of their perversion as they abuse and mistreat himMore by chance than anything else one carer finally suspects that Martin’s movements could be than random and actually considers them signs Only because of one person’s close attention and conviction is Martin finally assessed and is enabled to start communicating with his environment Over many years of training and patience and while showing a high degree of intelligence will power and motivation he manages to lead a life as normal and happy as he could possibly hope for ever since his awakening The most scary uestions – apart from the obvious uestions like “who makes sure that carers don’t abuse of their power over helpless individuals totally dependent on them” – for me remain these “What would have happened if that one carer had not paid this much attention?” and “How many people are in institutions these days who are believed not to be taking part in this world just because we do not understand their signs of trying to show us that even in the most useless body a totally healthy mind might be struggling to cope?”An inspiring and breathtaking story which made me cry and lose trust in this world as much as it made me smile and very happy eventually

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Ghost BoyParent’s resilience the conseuences of misdiagnosis abuse at the hands of cruel caretakers and the unthinkable duration of Martin’s mental alertness betrayed by his lifeless bodyWe 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 other This is a heartfelt and moving story Don't let the three stars mislead you; this will pull on your heartstrings and make you appreciate just how much we take it for granted that we can verbalize our communications Nevertheless the promo information misrepresented the nature of the story and made it seem like Martin was completely unable to communicate or let anyone know that he was conscious at allSecond the narrative framing is somewhat hard to follow Events are presented out of seuence and often without dates so it's tricky to follow a sense of progression as Martin recovers and regains some control of his lifeSo in the end I'm torn the story here is very heartfelt and sincere but I think the prose needs some sprucing up and restructuring I leave it to you to decide what that's worth in terms of a rating For me I think I'll split the difference here