Amanda

By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

He Was In A Coma For 12 Years, What He Said When He Woke Up Gave Me Chills.

Imagine you are a completely happy, healthy, and thriving individual. Then, one day, you notice that your hands don't work as well as before. Then your legs, your feet, and even your mouth. You can't walk, talk, or move at all for reasons you can't fully understand -- but the entire time, you're completely conscious. You know exactly what's going on around you, even if you can't respond to it. Suddenly, you'r a prisoner in your own body, and there's nothing anyone can do to help you get out.

That's exactly what happened to a South African man named Martin Pistorius, and unfortunately, his story gets worse before it gets better. He suffered from a rare syndrome that has no cure, went through many years of treatment to correct it, and came out on the other side with an inspiring story to tell. Read about his incredible journey below, and remind yourselves that sometimes, not everything is as it seems.

This is the story of Martin Pistorius.

When he was a kid, he was not that much different than any other. Born in South Africa, he had loving parents and two siblings.

This is the story of Martin Pistorius.

Martin Pistorius

But when he was 12, something started to change.

Nobody know what was going on, but it would affect him for the rest of his life -- and completely destroy his chance at a normal childhood.

But when he was 12, something started to change.

Martin Pistorius

At 12, he first fell into a coma.

It was inexplicable, and it lasted for three years.

At 12, he first fell into a coma.

Martin Pistorius

When he was 16, he started regaining consciousness.

But what happened after that was even more challenging than the coma itself.

When he was 16, he started regaining consciousness.

Martin Pistorius

He achieved full consciousness by age 19.

But even though he was awake, he wasn't really "there."

He achieved full consciousness by age 19.

Martin Pistorius

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