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Ghost Boy characters Æ 109 ð [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 stopped eatin They all thought he was gone But he waThey all thought he was gone But he was alive and trapped inside his own body for ten yearsIn 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. Only Virna touches me for no other reason than to soothe my aching body she comforts and heals making me feel like something other than the repulsive creature I know I amThis book is horrifying on many levels When Pistorius was 12 he came down with an unknown illness that trapped him inside his own body Within a few weeks he became paralyzed Unable to speak or move Pistorius was a prisoner Put into a day home with people with an I or 30 or lower Pistorius was still in full possession of his intelligenceImagine being able to hear and understand everything that's being said in front of you but being unable to speak And being thought of as an imbecile who has less intelligence than a toddler Pistorius lived the nightmare for over a decade in a wheelchair at the mercy of caregivers and spending hours of every day just staring at the wallIt wasn't until a caregiver with a kind heart Virna started noticing that Pistorius might be aware inside his body and pushing his family to get him tested so that he could find a way to communicate with the world once People project whatever ideas they want on the physically passive and silent Pistorius And he has no way of correcting them I remain in so many ways a blank page on to which they write their own scriptYou're so sweet people will often sayWhat a gentle nature you have person after person tells meYou are such a kind man someone else trillsIf only they knew of the gnawing anxiety fiery frustration and aching sexual desire that course through my veins at timesI'm rating this so high mostly due to it being a touching and amazing story A true story and a real one about a very horrifying situation and how this man was lucky enough to relatively break free from his hell existence However it was not amazingly well written and it's obvious Pistorius's strengths lie with computer programming and engineering not in being a natural born authorTRIGGER WARNING AbusePistorius has some sadistic caretakers and there is a graphic chapter about this which may be too traumatic for some readersTRIGGER WARNING RapePistorius is raped and sexually abused by certain female caretakers This is graphically described in one chapter and may be too traumatic for some readersTl;dr An amazing true story At times funny at times terrifying at times touching this book ends on a positive note and is overall an uplifting story But it doesn't gloss over the darkness terror rape and abuse that Pistorius experienced It's also very Christian as Pistorius turns to God for comfort and aid Not the most well written book I've ever read but definitely worth reading IMO

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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 pa. 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 BoyRent’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 others. 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