Several of those who were wounded in Wednesday’s stabbings in Tel Aviv were recovering in the hospital on Thursday.
The bus driver, Herzl Biton, 62, who was stabbed multiple times, has regained consciousness and his condition is improving, though he is still attached to a respirator, according to staff at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center.
Along with Biton in the intensive care unit (ICU) is a 69-year-old woman, one of Biton’s passengers on Bus No. 40, who is reportedly still fighting for her life.
Biton fought off the terrorist, giving passengers more time to escape. Family members told Ynet this was typical of him.
“It is something that identifies him. He always gives of himself for others, and first of all takes care of them,” said Biton’s son Yaniv. “He has been driving the bus for 24 years, and it is important to him that the passengers will not get hurt. He fought and as a result was further wounded. Despite all the wounds, he continued to fight.
“I want the entire nation of Israel to pray for the healing of Herz Shimon ben Farhah so that he will recover and slowly stand up on his legs,” he said.
Two others remained hospitalized on Thursday: a man in moderate condition from a stab in the stomach; and a woman, also in moderate condition, who needed surgery on her neck.