Matthew Klein, soldier from the Reconnaissance Battalion of the Nahal Brigade who collapsed in August during training at a base in central Israel, was discharged from the Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer on Tuesday.
Klein made aliya from the US two years ago. His collapse was caused by dehydration due to heat exhaustion. He was evacuated to hospital in serious, life threatening condition.
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He is to undergo periodic checkups and will later decide whether to return to his unit or to continue his IDF service elsewhere.
Throughout his hospitalization period, Klein was surrounded by officers and comrades, who arrived at the hospital on a daily basis. His mother and sister, who were also at his bedside thus far, have returned to the US due to the improvement in his medical condition.
His friends noted he exhibited tremendous willpower and that "his recovery inspires many soldiers," as one said, adding, "We hope he will return to us in any position possible."
Dr. Moshe Bundie, with the Neurological Rehabilitation Department at the Sheba medical center, told Ynet that despite grave injuries, Klein "is leaving the hospital without any physical or cognitive constraints. He will need a lengthy period of recuperation and rest but is generally doing well."
Bundie added that the initial care Klein received immediately after he collapsed, as his officers wrapped him in blankets and ice, "essentially saved his life."
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