The fact that one day you will die makes you tremble. This is why I like listening and watching stories that will make me spend the remaining part of life in a cool way.

Other stories that we have heard can be simply considered to be miracles and not tales.

Generally, people begin to have less faith when one of their members gets put on life support for a long time, or when his brain is considered to be dead by the doctors. They even reach a point of wanting the person to rest in peace rather than being in that condition.

This is what actually happened to Martin Pistorius. This South African citizen got sick when he was just 12 years old.

It’s still not known what the mysterious illness was that Martin was struck with in 1987. He came home from school with a sore throat one day, and soon stopped eating and communicating, as well as sleeping almost constantly.

Slowly, he started to lose control of his body, and after a couple of treatments, doctors told his parents that he had been left with the mind of a baby. They told Martin’s family that they should take him home to die.

The coma lasted 12 long years. When he finally woke up, he thought that he had 14 or 15 years. All those who surrounded him at that time thought that he was completely unaware of the world. But it turned out that he was able to hear everything, he even said that he heard his mother telling him that it was better for him to die than to be in that state. He understood that she was so heartbroken seeing him in that horrible condition for a long time.

“It broke my heart, in a way,” he explains. “But at the same time, particularly as I worked through all the emotions, I felt only love and compassion for my mother.”

His mother now feels terrible about saying those words to her son, but Martin sees things a little differently.

“My mother often felt that she wasn’t a good mom and couldn’t take care of me. One of the hardest things for me was I couldn’t tell her that, ‘No, you are doing great.”

The longtime experience as the “Ghost Boy” haven’t completely left him. Martin still get some flashbacks, but mostly he’s extremely grateful for the life he has today.

“Life can change so quickly, that it is good to appreciate what you have in this moment,” Martin says, and continues:

“Treat everyone with kindness, dignity, compassion and respect — irrespective of whether you think they understand or not. Never underestimate the power of the mind, the importance of love and faith, and never stop dreaming.”

Watch the interview that the NBC did with Martin, and find out more about his story:

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