What it was like for him
“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.”
Can you imagine?
“You don’t really think about anything. You simply exist. It’s a very dark place to find yourself because, in a sense, you are allowing yourself to vanish.” Martin spent most of those darks days at the care center where the employees played Barney reruns over and over again because they thought he was brain dead. He said, “I cannot even express to you how much I hated Barney.”
Where is he now?
Now Martin is married and has written a memoire about his life. In the book, Ghost Boy he wrote, “My mind was trapped inside a useless body, my arms and legs weren’t mine to control and my voice was mute. I couldn’t make a sign or sounds to let anyone know I’d become aware again. I was invisible — the ghost boy.”
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