Man Who Awoke After 12 Years in a Vegetative State Says Nurse Sexually Abused Him

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 12, 2015   |   1:55PM   |   Washington, DC

In the 1980’s, 12-year-old Martin Pistorious became seriously ill with what doctor’s believed was Cryptococci Meningitis. His health started deteriorating and Martin lost his ability to move, make eye contact and even speak to others. His doctors told his parents, Rodney and Joan Pistorious, to bring him home and let him die. They told them he was as good as a vegetable.

However, he didn’t die.

Martin shared his story with the world about how he could remember everything going on around him while he was in the “vegetative state” including how his mother once said she wished he was dead.

He said, “Yes, I was there, not from the very beginning, but about two years into my vegetative state, I began to wake up. I was aware of everything, just like any normal person. Everyone was so used to me not being there that they didn’t notice when I began to be present again. The stark reality hit me that I was going to spend the rest of my life like that — totally alone.”

Now, in a new interview with Glenn Beck, Martin talks about a high and low point for him during that time in the so-called “vegetative state.” He discusses how a caregiver sexually abused him but also reveals how his faith in God got him through the ordeal.


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Here’s the interview: