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Trapped In His Body For 12 Years, A Man Breaks Free

Discussion in 'Up to the Minute' started by SStarr33, Jan 12, 2015.

  1. SStarr33

    SStarr33 Inactive

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    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."
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  3. LaborDayRN

    LaborDayRN Well-Known Member

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    I have to say this is a heartbreaking, but at the same time uplifting story. I can't imagine the torment this boy suffered while being totally aware of his surrounding but unable to let anyone know. And the thought of hearing his mother say she wished he would die, what must that feel like for a child?

    You can get the full story here:
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    I don't see how he kept his sanity especially having to watch Barney. Is he confined to a wheelchair now?

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