Veteran with PTSD who escaped hospital recovering, connecting with family

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A veteran suffering from PTSD who escaped from the hospital earlier this year is now making great strides in his recovery.

A veteran who escaped from a Northeast Houston hospital earlier this year is improving after a stay at Camp Hope.

If you met Shane Zahn now, you'd see an unassuming, friendly young man who is very much in love.

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"I love my family," Zahn said, "I love my fiance, Tess."

The work Zahn did to get to this point is not as apparent upon first sight. Zahn suffers from post traumatic stress disorder and depression, and earlier this year, he decided he did not want to live anymore.

"I said, 'You know what, I'm tired of this, I'm tired of the world and how it is, not having a place in society,' is really how I felt," Zahn said. "'I'm just going to end myself. I'm just going to off it.'"

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Doctors treated his physical symptoms, but his heart and mind were far from well. His twin sister Danielle contacted Eyewitness News in July after Zahn escaped from the hospital.
A pastor found Zahn on the streets, called his parents and took him to the hospital again.

After the news story aired on Eyewitness News, Camp Hope contacted Zahn's family and found a place for him at the facility among other veterans recovering from PTSD.

"When you speak, when you talk about your life and everything, the healing starts," Zahn said.

Zahn moved back in with his fiance Tess a few weeks ago. They are expecting twin boys.

"You can never really predict the future, but I think mine looks pretty good right now," Zahn said.

Zahn is raising money to train his dog as a PTSD therapy dog through the organization Give Us Paws. If you'd like to help him reach his goal, you can call the organization and donate to his fund.
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