At age 12, Martin Pistorius became mysteriously ill and fell into a coma. For the next decade, he was trapped inside his own mind, gradually pulling himself out of a vegetative state.
For most of his time in the coma, he was aware of his surroundings. Today, after a miraculous recovery, the 39-year-old South African man recalls being forced to watch Barney reruns for hours at the special care center where he spent most days.
“I cannot even express to you how much I hated Barney,” Pistorius told NPR. The show’s theme song, “I Love You, You Love Me,” was revealed last year as part of a list of songs used in “enhanced interrogation techniques” by the CIA, according to The Houston Chronicle.
That hatred was part of what triggered him to start regaining control of his mind and body.
Trapped inside his mind with Barney and a host of depressing and lonely thoughts, Pistorius decided he’d had enough. He began to reengage his mind and think about things that gave him a sense of control, like determining the time of day by watching sunlight and shadows in the room.
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