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!READ PDF ♊ Ghost Boy ♌ They All Thought He Was Gone But He Was Alive And Trapped Inside His Own Body For Ten YearsIn JanuaryMartin 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 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 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 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 If you work with people with disabilities specifically Profound and Multiple you really should read this book I came in at the end of an interview on Radio 4 with the author, and noted down the title I tend to buy books almost by chance quick read of the blurb, or a writer I already know I went out that week to buy this book The story is remarkable Imagine coming round and having lost part of your life and not being able to communicate Not saying when you were uncomfortable, being spoken across, never being asked your opinion, not being able to make choices Luckily, when Martin was in this state, his aromatherapist notices that some movements may not have been random and after some time he is assessed and appropriate communication devices are offered to him I really need to read it again and I did speed read it and have since lent it out Totally inspiring and reconfirmed my practice when teaching PMLD students Highly recommended. TW sexual and physical abuseIt s been a while since a book has touched my heart like this did The beginning of Martin s story is one of horror, but it evolves to be one of great triumph and growth I loved his story of how he goes from someone who believes himself to have no future to someone who now has a bestselling book, his own business, and is expecting a child This book was also a great exploration of people with non verbal disabilities and how dehumanizing it can feel, so it really expanded my sympathy and made meconscientious of people whose lives are like Martin s The audiobook for this was fantastic and I would recommend it as long as you can handle sensitive subject matter about abuse. 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 him.More by chance than anything else, one carer finally suspects that Martin s movements could bethan 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 questions apart from the obvious questions 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. Have you ever seen one of those movies where someone wakes up as a ghost but doesn t even know they ve died However much I tried to beg and plead, shout and scream, I couldn t make them notice me I was invisible The ghost boy. Great book When Martin was 12, he became sick The doctors didn t know why Within 18 months he was a vegetable unable to speak, or move A couple of years went by, and he began to slowly awake But no one noticed for ten long years until a carer named Virna van der Walt became convinced that Martin wasaware than anyone realised She s the real heroine of this story She was the catalyst who changed everything Had it not been for her, I would probably either be dead or forgotten in a care home somewhere. She convinced his parents to take him to the Center for Augmentative and Alternative Communication Then the rest of his life began Finally, he had a way out of the silent world Things began to happen A wife A business Joy Peace Love Good stuff.Just a warning for those who would appreciate one he was abused in the day care centres Sexual abuse Physical abuse Emotional abuse Sickening He is very open, honest, and lays it all out there.4 Stars It touched my heart, and or gave me much food for thought. Die Bewertung gilt nicht der Geschichte, sondern dr ckt mein Lesevergn gen aus Autobiografien sind n mlich meiner Meinung nach oft nicht zu bewerten und unter diese Kategorie f llt auch die Geschichte von Martin Pistorius.Die Geschichte war alles in allem sehr schockierend, ergreifend und interessant, auch wenn ich die ein oder andere Stelle als ein wenig langwierig empfunden habe. 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 all.Second, the narrative framing is somewhat hard to follow Events are presented out of sequence and often without dates, so it s tricky to follow a sense of progression as Martin recovers and regains some control of his life.So, 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. I was so eager to read this book, the story sounded amazing Unfortunately it was poorly written I was actually bored at some of the rambling and skipped through pages and pages The characters were real people, they should have been developedI didn t really feel a connection to any of them, except Martin I truly don t understand the 4 and 5 star ratings I think they are based on the idea of the story, not the book itself. 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 am.This 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.Q or 30 or lower, Pistorius was still in full possession of his intelligence.Imagine 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 wall.It 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 script You re so sweet, people will often say What a gentle nature you have person after person tells me You are such a kind man, someone else trills.If only they knew of the gnawing anxiety, fiery frustration, and aching sexual desire that course through my veins at times.I 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 author.TRIGGER WARNING AbusePistorius has some sadistic caretakers and there is a graphic chapter about this which may be too traumatic for some readers.TRIGGER 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 readers.Tl 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. What a wonderful story that was so poorly written it was sad This had the potential to be a great story, perhaps even an important story, but the crafting of this story made it seem uninteresting and mundane The publisher should have hired someone to write this.