It all begin in 1988. While growing up in South Africa, 12-year-old Martin Pistorius went home from school with a sore throat, and from that day on his health spiraled. His body weakened, he could not walk, talk, or eat on his own.
Doctors told his mother he was permanently brain-dead, and that Martin now had the intelligence of a 3-month-old infant.
But what his parents didn’t know that was four years into his illness, Martin woke up. He was completely aware of everything around him, but his physical state did not change. He still could not move, walk, or talk. People would reveal their most intimate secrets right in front of him. Perhaps the most heartbreaking was the moment Martin heard his mother wish him dead.