In the late 1980s, when he was 12-years old, Martin Pistorius fell into a coma where he remained in a vegetative state for 12 years.
Hailing from South Africa, Martin Pistorius came home with a sore throat, which turned out to be a prelude to a 12-year health crisis.
Doctors in South Africa were not sure what caused his illness, but suspect it was cryptococcal meningitis. His condition grew worse and eventually he lost all ability to move and speak. And make eye contact with his family.
Martin says he remembers. “Every morning his father would get up at 5 a.m., dress Martin and take him to the care center.
At the end of the day, he’d give him a bath, feed him dinner and put him to bed. His parents set an alarm to go off every two hours to turn Martin’s body so he wouldn’t get bed sores.”