Ofra Victim’s Condition Improves, Newborn Still Critical


The condition of Shira Ish-Ran, who was critically wounded in the terror attack near Ofra, was reportedly continuing to improve as of Tuesday evening.

“She is conscious, but the doctors say that whatever we tell her now, she won’t remember, so there’s no point telling her that her baby has been delivered,” Ish-Ran’s mother, Liora Silverstein, told Israel Radio on Tuesday morning.

“But we need lots of prayers, the baby is in critical condition,” she said. “We are surrounded by lots of love and support, and I just want to take the opportunity to thank the people of Israel.”

Ish-Ran was briefly awakened from sedation and communicated with her family on Monday.

“We were able to go into intensive care. She opened her eyes and asked for Mom, so we rushed in,” Ish-Ran’s father, Chaim Silverstein, said. “She got teary-eyed when she saw us. She got so emotional that we had to leave, because her pulse went up too much.”

He said doctors had brought her out of sedation to check on her status, but put her under again afterwards for her safety.

“There’s nothing like seeing your daughter open her eyes and communicate with her eyes, because her mouth was full of tubes,” he said.

Regarding the newborn baby, the outlook appeared bleak, as doctors said its condition has continued to deteriorate.

Her husband Amichai, who was lightly injured in the incident, remains in the hospital for palliative care, but no surgery was indicated.

Meirav Sharvit, 17, who was also injured in the attack, is expected to be released in the coming days. The hospital said her condition was improving.