Martin Pistorius Lived with “Locked-In Syndrome” for 12 Years and Couldn’t Move a Muscle (16 Pics)

Posted on Aug 12, 2016

This man used to be a boy when something terrible happened to him. He couldn’t move his legs, hands, he couldn’t even speak, and his only way to communicate was with his eyes. And he won his battle! Take a look at his story.

1. When Martin Pistorius from South Africa Lost the Ability to Communicate, He Was Completely Paralyzed

When Martin Pistorius from South Africa Lost the Ability to Communicate, He Was Completely Paralyzed
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2. Virna Van Der Walt, His Caregiver, Said That He Could Give Answers or Just Show That He Received the Information Through His Eye Movements

Virna Van Der Walt, His Caregiver, Said That He Could Give Answers or Just Show That He Received the Information Through His Eye Movements
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3. That Motivated His Family to Go Deeper and Find Out About His Condition

That Motivated His Family to Go Deeper and Find Out About His Condition
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4. At the University of Pretoria, They Confirmed That He Was Conscious and Aware of Things Around Him

At the University of Pretoria, They Confirmed That He Was Conscious and Aware of Things Around Him
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5. That’s How They Got Him a Speech Input Computer

That’s How They Got Him a Speech Input Computer
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6. He Was Able to Feel and See Things, but He Wasn’t Able to Interact; On the Inside, He Was Full of Life He Couldn’t Express to Anyone

He Was Able to Feel and See Things, but He Wasn’t Able to Interact; On the Inside, He Was Full of Life He Couldn’t Express to Anyone
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7. He Was Persistent and at Age 16, He Stared Improving; He Was on His Way to a Normal Life

He Was Persistent and at Age 16, He Stared Improving; He Was on His Way to a Normal Life
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8. Step by Step He Brought Back Full Consciousness in 3 Years and Then He Even Graduated

Step by Step He Brought Back Full Consciousness in 3 Years and Then He Even Graduated
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9. The New Chapter Began When He Met Joanna, His Future Wife

The New Chapter Began When He Met Joanna, His Future Wife
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10. They Moved to the UK

They Moved to the UK
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11. Although Now Everything Is Getting Well, He Remembers the Bad Times When Even His Mother Prayed for Him to Die Because His Condition Was so Helpless

Although Now Everything Is Getting Well, He Remembers the Bad Times When Even His Mother Prayed for Him to Die Because His Condition Was so Helpless
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12. His Condition Is Called Locked-In Syndrome and Doctors Say It Was Probably Caused by a Stroke Which in Turn Damaged the Brain and the Part Responsible for Controlling Movement

His Condition Is Called Locked-In Syndrome and Doctors Say It Was Probably Caused by a Stroke Which in Turn Damaged the Brain and the Part Responsible for Controlling Movement
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13. Today, Pistorius Is Still in a Wheelchair and He Speaks Using Speech Input on His Computer

Today, Pistorius Is Still in a Wheelchair and He Speaks Using Speech Input on His Computer
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14. Pistorius Spoke About His Life: “It Was Terrifying at Times, What Really Got to Me Was the Complete and Utter Powerlessness. Every Single Aspect of Your Life Is Controlled and Determined by Someone Else. They Decided Where You Are, What You Eat, Whether You Sit or Lie Down, in What Position You Lie in Everything"

Pistorius Spoke About His Life: “It Was Terrifying at Times, What Really Got to Me Was the Complete and Utter Powerlessness. Every Single Aspect of Your Life Is Controlled and Determined by Someone Else. They Decided Where You Are, What You Eat, Whether You Sit or Lie Down, in What Position You Lie in Everything"
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15. Then, He Wrote a Book Titled “Ghost Boy," Documenting His Life from the Moment His Condition Started

Then, He Wrote a Book Titled “Ghost Boy," Documenting His Life from the Moment His Condition Started
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16. His Difficult Experiences Made Him Grateful to Be Alive Now

His Difficult Experiences Made Him Grateful to Be Alive Now
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