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Emerging From Coma, Israeli Man Learns of Wife’s Tragic Death in Berlin Market Attack

An Israeli left comatose after being gravely injured in last month’s terrorist attack at a Berlin Christmas market awoke from his sleep this week only to learn that his wife had died in the incident.

“Dalia was the love of my life,” Rami Elyakim said of his wife, talking to the Israeli Walla news site. “She really was an extraordinary woman.”

The two were on holiday when a terrorist rammed a truck into one of the city’s popular Christmas markets, killing 12 people and injuring many more.

Rami Elyakim is still recovering, with extensive damage to the lower part of his body. He is recovering in a German hospital.

His brother criticized Israel’s government for not supporting them but did credit the airline El Al and international travel vendors for reaching out to help and arrange to bring Dalia Elyakim’s body home to Israel for burial. He also thanked the Moshe Fadlon, the mayor of Herzliya, where the couple hails from, for calling to offer his support.

Contact Daniel J. Solomon at [email protected] or on Twitter @DanielJSolomon

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