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After improvements, condition of army vet who self-immolated worsens slightly

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The condition of a former soldier with PTSD who has been hospitalized since April after self-immolating in an act of protest has worsened slightly, two and a half weeks after he regained consciousness, it was announced Wednesday.

Due to the change, Sheba Medical Center has decided that Itzik Saidyan will not receive visitors for the next two weeks. He is currently undergoing tests while doctors try to determine what caused the deterioration.

No details were provided on what had changed in Saidyan’s status. The setback came after a period of improvement, with his family and others reporting that he had begun communicating.

Despite the improvements, he has remained in serious condition with concerns of potential infection from his wounds.

Saidyan set himself on fire outside the Petah Tikva offices of the Rehabilitation Department for disabled soldiers, after years of struggling to receive the care he requested for post-traumatic stress disorder, which he said stemmed from his service in the Israeli military.

Saidyan began........

© The Times of Israel

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