• Book cover "Ghost Boy" by Martin Pistorius.
  • FOR 12 years, Martin Pistorius was trapped in a vegetative state, unable to move or talk.
  • “My greatest fear was dying all alone,” Martin Pistorius on . — 60 Minutes Australia (@60Mins)
  • The Ghost Boy: The uplifting story ofhow Martin Pistorius survived a mystery paralysis

Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body


FROM the age of 12 to 26, Martin Pistorius, from Harlow, Essex, was frozen
inside his body, unable to move or speak. But now he is married to Joanna,
37, a social worker, and has a job in IT. Martin, now 36, says:

Trapped inside of his own body for a decade and thought to be severely brain-damaged, Martin Pistorius was actually fully aware the entire time. His story is one marked by abuse, neglect, love and despair. An expert on what people do when they think no one is looking, Martin has become well versed on human nature and self-determination.

Martin Pistorius is the author of the New York Times best-selling book "Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body."

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


MARTIN PISTORIUS: Dad, can't you see?

After all hope was lost for a South African boy who was left in a vegetative state for over 12 years, starting from the time he was 12, Martin Pistorius miraculously broke out of his paralyzing trance to eventually become a functioning business owner, husband and author.