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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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One of his caretakers noticed how he would react to things she would say

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While caring for him, Virna van der Walt, one of his caregivers, noticed that he often reacted to some of what she had to say. The University of Pretoria’s Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, where she recommended he undergo testing, was informed, and his family took him there. Martin was able to respond and communicate there, and it was confirmed that he was conscious and aware. He had just turned 25 years old at the time.

One of his caretakers noticed how he would react to things she would say

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He then started healing with the help of modern communication software

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Martin began to heal and re-engage his thoughts with the aid of communication software and a renewed sense of purpose. Slowly but surely, he was able to reintegrate himself into society after he broke free from his inner confinement.

He then started healing with the help of modern communication software

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Martin met the love of his life and future wife Joanna just a year later

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When he met Joanna (his wife) a year later, they immediately hit it off and decided to get married. Martin has written a book about his life and journey, titled ‘Ghost Boy,’ and has recently regained some control over his head and arms, which he previously lost. His story is truly inspiring, as he has turned his life around from a living hell.

Martin met the love of his life and future wife Joanna just a year later

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