Born healthy and growing up in a typically normal family, loved by his parents and popular with friends, when Martin Pistorius reached the age of 12, things suddenly changed for him.
His life would never be the same again when he was diagnosed with a debilitating illness that was to take over his body.
Soon enough, Martin was completely paralysed. It took 12 years for Pistorius to make progress against his illness and when he finally awoke, he revealed one truth that was both unexpected and painful to hear.
1. A Normal Life
Like any other child his age, Martin enjoyed watching cartoons and he was also interested in anything to do with electronics. Clearly an intelligent child, he had a bright future ahead of him.