A Hungarian soldier called Paul Kern, was shot in his head and survived; however, he lost the ability to sleep during 40 years.
World War I was one of the events that shook the world during the 20th century and brought with it psychological consequences to the soldiers.
Soldiers who were part of this war and had the chance to live, showed some old but known illnesses and symptoms that scientists started to catalog them as post-traumatic disorders.
Loss of speech, spasms, dizziness, even loss of the balance and the ability to stand, were just some of the symptoms presented.
Those symptoms were recurring, but the damage that Kern suffered was so exceptional that could be hard to say it is true.
Kern was part of a mission and during this intervention he was shot in the head that left him unconscious, suddenly he was sent to a hospital but doctors said it was not possible to survive.
The bullet entered his right temple and stay embedded in the frontal lobe. However, after being in coma, the soldier woke up, but doctors started to notice some rarities on the patient such as having his eyes open all the time.
Doctors realized Kern lost the ability to sleep and it was said that he could have had an early death, but he died on March 1943, when he was 60 years, of which he spent 40 without sleep.