84-Year-Old Hostage Still Hospitalized in Critical Condition

By Yoni Weiss

An IDF helicopter with released Israeli hostages arrives at Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Petach Tikva, Sunday night. (Yossi Aloni/Flash90)

84-year-old released hostage Elma Avraham remained Monday in critical and life-threatening condition, according to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva.

Avraham, who was rescued Sunday night from Gaza due to her deteriorating health, is currently hospitalized in the intensive care unit.

Dr. Shlomi Kodesh, the director of Soroka Medical Center, highlighted her precarious state, underscoring the lack of proper medical care she received during her 50 days in captivity.

“Regrettably, she remains in a life-threatening condition and is undergoing treatment in our emergency department. She’ll soon be moved to the intensive care unit for further stabilizing treatment to address her medical condition. Her condition mirrors an extended period where she likely lacked adequate care, leading to the critical state we’re addressing now,” said Kodesh on Sunday night.

Professor Motti Klein, director of the general intensive care department in Soroka, emphasized the gravity of her situation. “Had it been a matter of another day, we might not be having the same conversation. She’s currently under care in the intensive care unit, her condition remains serious, unstable, sedated, and ventilated. Her life remains at risk.”

Elma was taken hostage during a raid by Hamas terrorists on her home in Kibbutz Nachal Oz on Simchas Torah.

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