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Army vet with PTSD wakes from coma 5 months after setting himself on fire

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A former Israel Defense Forces soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder has been responding to his family as doctors have begun to bring him out of a coma five months after he set himself alight in an act of protest.

The family of Itzik Saidyan, 26, announced Sunday that he was able to make small gestures showing that he was aware of his surroundings.

“Today, for the first time, he really answered a question and we all cried,” Saidyan’s brother Asvhalom told Channel 13 news. “At the moment he can’t talk and is still considered in a life-threatening condition, but there is a small improvement and you can see that his body is slowly responding to the recovery.”

He said that two weeks ago doctors at Sheba Medical Center where he is being treated began reducing the drugs that were keeping Saidyan sedated in order to slowly bring him back to consciousness.

“They are really slowly reducing the stuff and each day he responds a little more,” Asvhalom said.

Two days ago his brother was able to raise his head for the first time, he........

© The Times of Israel

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