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‘Ghost Boy’ Was Trapped in His Body For 12 Years Until a Woman Notices Something that Changed Everything

By Andrew Alpin, 20 March 2022

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But Martin bravely struggled from within and did not lose hope

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Martin, however, never died like everyone thought he would and remained like a ‘Ghost Boy,’ a book which he would later go on to write. His mother claimed- “Martin just kept going, just kept going.”

As soon as Martin’s father woke up in the morning, he would dress Martin up, put him in the car, drive him to the special care center, and leave him there. Then, his father says- “Eight hours later, I’d pick him up, bathe him, feed him, put him in bed, set my alarm for two hours so that I’d wake up to turn him so that he didn’t get bedsores.” They led their lives in this manner for 12 years.

But Martin bravely struggled from within and did not lose hope

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His mother began losing hope because she didn’t see any improvements in his condition

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His mother, Joan, vividly recalls one day telling Martin when he was still in his vegetative state: “‘I hope you die.’ I know that’s a horrible thing to say. I just wanted some sort of relief.”

However, she didn’t expect her son to be conscious when she said it. But Martin was. Martin, now 39 years old and living in Harlow, England, says he was in a vegetative state for two years before he began to awaken.

His mother began losing hope because she didn’t see any improvements in his condition.

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When all hope seemed lost, his mind started awakening three years later

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Martin’s mind began to awaken three years later. He believes he woke up around the age of 14 or 15. After that, he said- “I was aware of everything, just like any normal person.” By the time he was 19, he says he was fully aware of what was going on around him, but he was unable to move. As a result, Martin was confined to his own body for the rest of his life, unable to speak, move, or tell anyone that he was awake and aware of what was happening around him for the next several years.

When all hope seemed lost, his mind started awakening three years later

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He was trapped in his own body

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Only his thoughts and memories kept him company as he watched the world go by. When he couldn’t shake his feelings of dread and doom, so he learned the art of focusing on the positive. He made life bearable by not thinking about anything and thus becoming even more immersed in his own thoughts.

He was trapped in his own body

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