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Ghost Boy

The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body

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They all thought he was gone. But he was alive and trapped inside his own body for ten years.

In January 1988 Martin Pistorius, aged twelve, fell inexplicably sick. First he lost his voice and stopped eating. Then he slept constantly and shunned human contact. Doctors were mystified. Within eighteen months he was mute and wheelchair-bound. Martin's parents were told an unknown degenerative disease left him with the mind of a baby and less than two years to live.

Martin was moved to care centers for severely disabled children. The stress and heartache shook his parents marriage and their family to the core. Their boy was gone. Or so they thought.

Ghost Boy is the heart-wrenching story of one boy's return to life through the power of love and faith. In these pages, readers see a parent's resilience, the consequences of misdiagnosis, abuse at the hands of cruel caretakers, and the unthinkable duration of Martin's mental alertness betrayed by his lifeless body.

We also see a life reclaimed a business created, a new love kindled all from a wheelchair. Martin's emergence from his own darkness invites us to celebrate our own lives and fight for a better life for others.

Customer Reviews


I couldn’t put this book down! Martin’s story is truly inspiring and he is an extremely gifted writer. This book will bring you to heights of joy, and at times fill you with shock and anger at some of the things he has endured. But mostly, you will cheer him on! This is a must-read!!! Amazing book, incredible story, inspiring man!!!

Ghost Boy

Best book I have ever read.

Ghost Boy

An absolutely stunning tale, what a journey for this beautiful young man. As I read this book, it did nothing more than place a large emphasis on the appreciation of life for me, I've spent a year away from my son on business and I do currently love him more than life and more than ever I wanted to hold him in my arms and kiss him, and thank god that he is mine. I also have gained a more positive outlook on life after this read, if Martin can do this, there are literally no limitations on life. What a brave soul, a kind and honest man that puts everything in perspective. I am thankful to have come across this book in my many reads, it has been a fresh outlook on life for me, and given me an opportunity to set myself a dream, no matter how big or small and know I can accomplish it. If Martin can do this, anyone can. Again such an inspiration and a great read. Highly recommended.

Ghost Boy
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Religion & Spirituality
  • Published: Nov 19, 2013
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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