Ofra Victims Thank Hashem for ‘Miracles’

YERUSHALAYIM -

Shira and Amichai Ish-Ran, the couple who were wounded in the Ofra terror attack and lost their newborn baby, held a press conference at Shaarei Tzedek Medical Center in Yerushalayim on Sunday, in which they gave thanks for their survival.

“We wanted to say thank you to G-d who blessed us with miracles. I got three bullets in the leg and with G-d’s help, I will be able to walk,” said Amichai, who thanks the family, the hospital staff, the paramedics who saved his wife, and the Jewish people.

“I feel like the Israeli people is strengthening me,” said Shira Ish-Ran, 21, who is recovering from gunshot wounds that left her in critical condition and wounded six others on December 9 near the Ofra outpost. She was expecting at the time, and her child, delivered prematurely, died after four days.

“It is so wonderful to be part of the [Jewish] people,” the couple said, saying they had received “letters, messages, and visitors all the time, to the point that we had to tell people to stop. They sent flowers, food for Shabbat, candy from Jews all over – it’s just amazing.”

Amichai said that their son, Amiad Yisrael Ish-Ran, Hy”d, “managed to do in the three short days that he was alive more than what the rest of us manage to do…he simply brought us together…everyone came together and wanted to join together to strengthen us. Everyone felt connected. I’m so proud to be part of this people.”

“I want to give special thanks to the hospital staff,” stressed Shira. “It isn’t easy to be a patient. Words cannot describe how much support they gave us emotionally and physically. Thanks to the paramedics, who saved my life. And of course, thank G-d.

“I lost a great deal of blood in the terror attack, and I needed a lot of blood transfusions. I feel like the blood of the entire Jewish people is flowing through me, strengthening me with every step. The Jewish people is strengthening me physically. The blood of the entire Jewish people is coursing through my veins right now – not my [blood] at all – and it gives me a great deal of strength,” Arutz Sheva reported.