Monsey Stabbing Victim Opens Eyes After 2 Months In Coma

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February 26, 2020 - 7:37 pm

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MONSEY, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A man seriously injured in the Monsey machete attack on the seventh night of Hanukkah has opened his eyes after two months in a coma.

Josef Neuman, 72, was one of the five people stabbed by a man at a Hanukkah gathering at a rabbi’s Rockland County home. He was the most severely injured and had been in a coma since the attack.

In a tweet on Tuesday, Rabbi Yisroel Kahan says Neuman opened his eyes after 59 days, and is showing other signs of improvement.

Last month, Neuman’s daughter said doctors doubted he would be able to walk or talk again, after he suffered a fractured skull.

A gofundme campaign set up to help the family and 72-year-old with medical costs has raised $24,477 of its $250,000 goal as of Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, the alleged attacker, Grafton Thomas, has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder.