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Young Boy Falls Into A Mysterious Coma For A Decade, But He Was Actually "Awake"

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NBC News / Washington Post

The world is already a scary place when you're conscious and able to interact with it. Now imagine losing all motor control but still trying to navigate and make sense of the world around you. It's simply a living hell.

In 1988, Martin Pistorious was only 12 years old when he lost all control of his body, and the worst part was that no one had any idea what was going on.

Growing up in South Africa, Martin was like any other healthy, ordinary boy, until something very strange happened.

He slowly started losing his ability to move, causing much distress in his family. Doctors were puzzled by the gradual decline of Martin's motor control, and chalked it up to being caused by cryptococcal meningitis and tuberculosis of the brain.

Although it seemed like a step forward, the diagnosis didn't mean there would be a cure for Martin, or that he would get any better. The young boy couldn't walk or eat on his own anymore, and he slowly started losing his ability to communicate. His last words were, "When home?"

His condition continued to worsen until one day he was in a complete vegetative state, which lasted for approximately two years.

Martin spent a decade at home and in day-care centers, and during that time something incredibly strange happened - perhaps even stranger than his mysterious condition.

He "woke up" in a "land where dragons lie and no one could rescue [him]."

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