Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body
Ghost Boy tells the story of Martin Pistorius who, after falling ill at age 12, was left unable to speak and wheel chair bound. Because of his inability to communicate, years passed by with Martin spending his days in institutions. When one of his caretakers realized that he was actually aware of his surroundings, she urged his parents to get him tested and see if he was able to use technology that would let him communicate even though he was unable to speak. After a series of tests, everyone realized what Martin already knew, for years he had been trapped in his own body, fully conscious and aware of his surroundings but unable to communicate. After learning to communicate via computer, Martin was able to make friends and even meet the love of his life, Joanna. This book tells Martin’s story in his own words and opens the reader up to what life is like for someone in Martin’s situation.
Though I really enjoyed reading this book, I was shocked by language and by the description of an encounter Martin has with a female nurse. I was not expecting that in a book put out by Thomas Nelson publishers. Despite that, I was intrigued by Martin’s story and found it interesting to place myself in his shoes and see how he experienced life. I thought it was awesome to follow his journey from being thought of as brain dead, essentially a vegetable, to someone who is able to carry on a “normal” life.
Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own.
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