While trapped in a coma, Martin Pistorius heard his mother say she wished he was dead – perhaps to stop the torture of seeing him unresponsive and being kept alive by machines. Yet this was not the most hurtful moment in his over 12 years spent in coma.

Martin lived in South Africa when he was a small child. He was like every other child in all aspects – until he turned 12.

A picture of the happy family before Martin got sick Photo credit: Daily Mail UK/Martin Pistorius

A picture of the happy family before Martin got sick
Photo credit: Daily Mail UK/Martin Pistorius

After contracting sore throat, the mystery illness started. Within months, he lost his ability to speak, walk, and move altogether. His mind and body broke down, leaving him in a coma that would last for years.

With dad, Rodney, months after the onset of the mystery illness Photo credit: Daily Mail UK/Martin Pistorius

With dad, Rodney, months after the onset of the mystery illness
Photo credit: Daily Mail UK/Martin Pistorius

He was unresponsive for many years – and it was a miracle his parents did not pull the plug on him; though his mother would later entertain the thought out of desperation.

At age 16, he suddenly became aware of his surroundings. He could hear and feel what was going on around him yet he still could not move or communicate.

You have no idea how frightening it was. The stark reality that I was going to spend the rest of my life like that, totally alone. I couldn’t make a sign or a sound to let anyone know I’d become aware again. I was invisible, a ghost boy.

He endured abuse at the care homes his parents would send him from time to time. He dreaded going to the care home yet was unable to tell his parents about it.

Photo credit: Daily Mail UK/Martin Pistorius

Photo credit: Daily Mail UK/Martin Pistorius

The care home staff would shout at him, pull his hair until tears would come out of his eyes, crash the spoon against his teeth to force him to eat, force him to drink scalding tea, and screamed at him if he throws up after being fed too much. He also felt tortured by the endless hours of watching “Barney the Dinosaur” reruns on TV. One of the women working at the care home would regularly sexually assault him.

I would dread it whenever my parents told me they were taking me to the care home because I knew what would happen and I had no way of letting them know the agonies I’d suffer.

It was horrific. Of course they felt dreadful when they eventually found out and my father Rodney reported what happened but of course everyone denied it and as a result I have never had justice.

People in the care home would pull my hair making my eyes water, the metal spoon would crash against my teeth as they forced food into my mouth.

When it made me sick they’d shout and scream at me. I knew if I cried it would only make it worse.

I would be forced to drink scalding tea or fed until I was sick, then I’d be slapped, shouted at, made to feel worthless, then would come the sexual attacks from women who were supposed to be looking after me.

One woman would come into the room and straddle me and simulate sex with me and touch me inappropriately. Nothing made me feel more powerless, I longed to run away.

When he was finally able to communicate to his parents, they tried to take action but without evidence of the abuse Martin endured, the family was forced to drop the case.

It was amazing that by age 25, Martin fully regained consciousness. He has no memory of ABCs, basic math, and his life as a child but those were merely trivial things compared with the miraculous recovery.

Photo credit: Daily Mail UK/Martin Pistorius

Photo credit: Daily Mail UK/Martin Pistorius

He would later meet his wife on the internet. After getting married, Martin was challenged to go to school. He won a scholarship from Google and was accepted at the University of Hertfordshire where he attended double lessons: regular university lessons and basic math lessons. He also had to struggle on a 5-hour commute aside from school and work yet he was able to overcome everything and graduated in July 2013.

He would also learn to drive a car despite still having some disabilities that prevented him from walking unaided.

Today, around 40 rival Hollywood film makers are competing for rights to his story, reports the Daily Mail UK. It does not matter much to him who wins the competition but he wants Matt Damon to play his character in the movie – and Cameron Diaz will be his wife.

Photo credit: Daily Mail UK/Martin Pistorius

Photo credit: Daily Mail UK/Martin Pistorius

Martin now lives in the UK with wife Joanna but still suffers nightmares about his ordeal from time to time. He also hates going back to his home country where he experienced the abuse and would rather not visit even if his parents still live there. We could not blame him, really…

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