Shai was wounded in 2006 during reserve duty in the Second Lebanon War.
He was hit directly by a missile and was severely wounded and put to sleep for two months. The news announced Shai's death before he was, miraculously, brought back to life. He is still undergoing a long rehabilitation process and suffers from PTSD.
Shai was tattooed on October 11th, 2017 by artist Jesse Smith at Mike's Place in Tel-Aviv.