One of the two boys left critically ill after poisoning last week, Chaim Michael Shlomo Gross, joined his brother Raphael Yitzchak Isaac in showing significant improvement, b’chasdei Hashem. Chaim Michael Shlomo was also removed from an Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) machine, which reproduces heart and lung functions, Arutz Sheva reported on Tuesday.
However, both are still on respirators and continue in induced comas.
Their father, Shimon Gross, spoke Tuesday with reporters from Schneider Children’s Hospital where the two children have been.
“We’re going through a difficult week. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone,” the Mir
avreich said. “To sit shivah for two children and to beg for Heavenly mercy for the other two.”
“When we came here after the levayah [for Avigail and Yael] it was the first time we had seen the boys’ condition. I completely broke down,” he recalled.
“But my wife encouraged me and said that everything is from Above, that we should be optimistic,” he said.
“The doctors have been faithful emissaries, and we saw a miracle yesterday, and again today,” he declared. “The heart resumed beating.”
“We’ve learned to appreciate the heart,” he continued. “We saw how the heart began beating, how the prayers, how the encouragement we got from the Jewish nation had an impact. This is the heart of the nation of Israel.”
He added, “I want to thank G-d for the kindness he did with us, and the emissaries here, the staff of Schneider, who have gone above and beyond, who have done everything humanly possible to help [the boys].”
“I ask that people keep praying for them, because we need a lot more Divine mercy,” he said, concluding, “We have faith that in the merit of these prayers, they will leave here healthy.”