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Yehuda Glick, the Temple Mount activist who was shot by a Palestinian assailant last week, has shown signs of progress since being placed on a respirator, the Jerusalem hospital treating him said on Thursday.
Shaare Zedek Medical Center released a statement on Thursday saying that Glick “was partially communicating with his environment and recognizes those around him.”
The hospital said that Glick “was in the advanced stages of eventually being removed from the respirator.”
Glick was shot after giving a lecture at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem. For years, Glick has advocated for Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount.
The 49-year-old's condition has been “slowly improving” since he was hospitalized. After the shooting, Shaare Zedek Medical Center listed him in serious condition, placed him on anesthesia, and connected him to a respirator and still in danger.
Doctors have performed two operations since Glick was admitted to Shaare Zedek. He also suffered damage to his neck and left hand. His first operation soon after being admitted to the hospital last week was to halt his serious hemorrhaging. Surgeons also repaired damage to his intestines.
While Glick's brother, Dr. Yitzhack Glick, was in the intensive care unit visiting his sibling Thursday morning, Dr. Glick's wife said the family is encouraged by Yehuda's ongoing recovery following multiple major surgeries.
"Yitz is with Yehuda now and we're very relieved and he's doing better every day," she said from the hospital this morning.Daniel K. Eisenbud contributed to this report.