He was a typical boy who was born healthy and grew up normal and beloved by his parents. But when Martin Pistorius turned 12, a debilitating illness began to take over his body. The doctors didn’t know how to help, and before long, Martin was completely paralyzed of mind and body.

Twelve years passed until Martin started to come back around. His progress was slow and at first wasn’t even noticed by those around him. When he finally woke back up, he revealed a painful truth: one that no one ever expected…

It started out simple enough: 12-year-old Martin was complaining about a sore throat. But as the doctor visits increased and the symptoms became more and more severe, Martin’s parents were beginning to get worried. Martin had come down with a rare form of cryptococcal meningitis and tuberculosis of the brain. The disease slowly deprived Martin of his motor functions and it was only getting worse…

Martin’s condition was incurable, and the symptoms got progressively worse. Eventually, the boy lost the ability to move by himself entirely. Then, as if by some cruel twist of fate, he stopped being able to make eye contact. Finally, he even lost his ability to speak. It was as if he had entered a coma: a terrifying coma that slowly took hold of the frightened little boy until he was little more than a vegetable.

Read this incredible account at lifedaily.com