http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/201...e?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=shotshealthnews Joan vividly remembers looking at Martin one day and saying: " 'I hope you die.' I know that's a horrible thing to say," she says now. "I just wanted some sort of relief." And she didn't think her son was there to hear it. But he was. "Yes, I was there, not from the very beginning, but about two years into my vegetative state, I began to wake up," says Martin, now age 39 and living in Harlow, England. He thinks he began to wake up when he was 14 or 15 years old. "I was aware of everything, just like any normal person," Martin says. But although he could see and understand everything, he couldn't move his body. "Everyone was so used to me not being there that they didn't notice when I began to be present again," he says. "The stark reality hit me that I was going to spend the rest of my life like that totally alone."