Martin Pistorius was just 12 years old when he fell into a vegetative state due to a rare illness. Having been given a fatal prognosis, it was unexpected when, at 16, Pistorius' mind became active again, and, eight years later, for him to regain full consciousness.
Today, Pistorius is married and works as a web designer in England. While he's still unable to speak, he's written a memoir, Ghost Boy, chronicling his agonizing time of being mentally-conscious while still confined to a vegitative state.
Paralyzed from all forms of self expression, the experience led Pistorius' to establish an unwavering relationship with God. He explained further in a HuffPost Live conversation on Wednesday:
"There were many times I felt utterly alone even if there were people around me, however I always seem to pause when making that statement because while a part of me experienced the extreme loneliness and isolation, another part of me always felt the presence of the Lord."
Unable to communicate with others, Pistorius recalled that he found himself "talking to God," his only option for dialogue-driven interaction.
"Perhaps one could call them prayers rather than conversation. For me, God is always there. A constant companion," he explained. "I believe had it not been through God's hands, I would not be where I am today."
Watch more from Martin Pistorius' conversation with HuffPost Live here.
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