Half a year after brutal axe attack, Tzvika Cohen goes home

Defying the odds, terror victim makes astonishing recovery, is released from hospital nearly 6 months after attack that left him comatose.

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David Rosenberg, | updated: 10:44

Tzvika Cohen
Tzvika Cohen
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After he was brutally attacked by an axe-wielding Arab terrorist, doctors predicted Tzvika Cohen might never recover.

Comatose for three weeks and suffering severe injuries across his body, the staff at Hadassah Ein Kerem in Jerusalem initially struggled just to keep Cohen alive.

But this week, Cohen beat the odds, receiving a green-light to return home finally after five and a half months in the hospital.

In February, Cohen a 47-year old father of four, was attacked by Saadi Ali Abu Hamad just outside of a mall in Maale Adumim.

Brandishing an axe, Hamad hacked Cohen, who was working as a security guard at the mall, nearly to death, leaving him unconscious before fleeing the scene.

This marked the second terror attack the Cohen family suffered. In 2000, Cohen’s older brother Rahamim, a cab driver, was stabbed 11 times by his passenger.

Cohen’s release this week comes just in time for him and his family to celebrate his 48th birthday next Sunday at home.

Despite doctors’ warnings he may never wake up from his coma and that if he would he would likely be paralyzed for life, Cohen is now able to care for himself.

“Now I’m able to eat and shower on my own, and I can walk and carry myself much better than I could just a few weeks ago”.