Israeli boy, 13, wounded in Jerusalem stabbing, wakes up
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Israeli boy, 13, wounded in Jerusalem stabbing, wakes up

A week after he was critically wounded in stabbing by Palestinian boy, victim starts communicating with family

The bicycle a 13-year-old boy was riding before he was stabbed in the Pisgat Zeev neighborhood of Jerusalem on October 12, 2015. (Israel Police Spokesperson's Unit)
The bicycle a 13-year-old boy was riding before he was stabbed in the Pisgat Zeev neighborhood of Jerusalem on October 12, 2015. (Israel Police Spokesperson's Unit)

A 13-year-old Israeli boy who was critically wounded in a terror attack last week in Jerusalem’s Pisgat Zeev neighborhood has resumed breathing independently, the capital’s Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus said Monday.

The boy has even begun to communicate with medical personnel and family members, according to a statement by the hospital.

The boy was one of two Israeli victims stabbed by Ahmed and Hassan Manasra, 13 and 15, respectively, on October 12.

He was taken to the hospital in life-threatening condition, placed in an induced coma and connected to a respirator.

The child “has a long path of rehabilitation still ahead of him,” Prof. Ahmed Eid, head of the hospital’s Department of General Surgery, who operated on the boy, said in the statement.

Prof. Ahmed Eid (photo credit: Courtesy Hadassah)
Prof. Ahmed Eid (Courtesy Hadassah)

“But I’m happy that overall his situation is good and stable, and the vital signs show progress.”

The boy’s condition was “critical when he arrived at the hospital, but today we’re optimistic about his recovery,” Eid added.

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