Michael and Yitzchak Gross, who were in critical condition after pesticide poisoning at their home in Yerushalayim last week, have seen improvement in their condition and are now listed as stable, doctors at Schneider Medical Center in Petach Tikva said on Sunday.
Over Shabbos, there were signs of improvement as doctors decided to reduce the level of anesthesia. Subsequently, Yitzchak Gross, 7, opened his eyes and gently pressed his father’s hand.
His parents asked if he wanted a Shabbos candy, and he nodded his head yes.
Their parents, whose two- and four-year-old daughters were buried on Thursday, are sitting shiva in the hospital, in order to be at the boys’ bedsides.
Even while under anesthesia, doctors say that the boys can still hear and feel, even though they cannot respond.
A close relative of the family, Shlomo Ryan, related, “This sort of tragedy, where at once part of a family passes away while the other half are in critical condition; it is unimaginable. The parents ask everyone not to desist, to continue praying, as every prayer is heard and helps.”
The family urges the public to continue their tefillos for Raphael Yitzchak Eizik ben Michal and Chaim Michael Shlomo ben Michal.