Summary: 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, and a new love kindled.Content Notes:
Machine generated contents note: 1.Counting Time -- 2.The Deep -- 3.Coming Up for Air -- 4.The Box -- 5.Virna -- 6.Awakening -- 7.My Parents -- 8.Changes -- 9.The Beginning and the End -- 10.Day by Day -- 11.The Wretch -- 12.Life and Death -- 13.My Mother -- 14.Other Worlds -- 15.Fried Egg -- 16.I Tell a Secret -- 17.The Bite -- 18.The Furies -- 19.Peacock Feathers -- 20.Daring to Dream -- 21.Secrets -- 22.Out of the Cocoon -- 23.An Offer I Can't Refuse -- 24.A Leap Forward -- 25.Standing in the Sea -- 26.She Returns -- 27.The Party -- 28.Henk and Arrietta -- 29.The Healer -- 30.Escaping the Cage -- 31.The Speech -- 32.A New World -- 33.The Laptop -- 34.The Counselor -- 35.Memories -- 36.Lurking in Plain Sight -- 37.Fantasies -- 38.A New Friend -- 39.Will He Ever Learn? -- 40.GD and Mimi -- 41.Loving Life and Living Love -- 42.Worlds Collide -- 43.Strangers -- 44.Everything Changes -- 45.Meeting Mickey? -- 46.The Real Me -- 47.A Lion's Heart -- 48.I Tell Her --Content Notes:
Contents note continued: 49.Sugar and Salt -- 50.Falling -- 51.Climbing -- 52.The Ticket -- 53.Coming Home -- 54.Together -- 55.I Can't Choose -- 56.Fred and Ginger -- 57.Leaving -- 58.A Fork in the Road -- 59.Confessions -- 60.Up, Up, and Away -- 61.Saying Goodbye -- 62.Letting Go -- 63.A New Life -- 64.Waiting.Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.