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IDF vet who self-immolated heard speaking for the first time since incident

IDF disabled veteran Itzik Saidyan. (Facebook)
IDF disabled veteran Itzik Saidyan. (Facebook)

An IDF veteran with PTSD who has been hospitalized since April after self-immolating in an act of protest was publicly heard speaking for the first time, as the hospital releases a recorded blessing for Israel’s doctors.

Itzik Saidyan’s condition has improved significantly in recent weeks. Two weeks ago, he left his hospital room for the first time in a wheelchair and went outdoors.

Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv — where he is hospitalized — publishes a recording of Saidyan making remarks in honor of Israel’s national Doctor’s Day.

“Hello dear doctors. I, Itzik Saidyan, want to wish you a happy and joyful day and to thank Sheba hospital, the Burn Unit and all the doctors, Prof. [Yosef] Hayek and Dr. [Moti] Haratz, and all the nurses,” Saidyan can be heard saying, sounding slightly out of breath.

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