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Armon Hanatziv stabbing victim said to improve

Seventy-year-old Shoshana Haim in stable condition, hospital says, after Palestinian attack that killed her husband

Raoul Wootliff is the producer and occasional host of the Times of Israel Daily Briefing podcast.

Shoshana Haim, 70, was seriously injured in a terror attack on a bus in Jerusalem's Armon Hanatziv neighborhood on Tuesday October 13, 2015. Her husband Haviv Haim, 78, was killed. (Courtesy)
Shoshana Haim, 70, was seriously injured in a terror attack on a bus in Jerusalem's Armon Hanatziv neighborhood on Tuesday October 13, 2015. Her husband Haviv Haim, 78, was killed. (Courtesy)

One of the victims of a terror attack last Tuesday, on a bus in the capital’s Armon Hanatziv neighborhood, has been showing signs of improvement, according to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

The condition of Shoshana Haim, 70, who was seriously wounded in the attack, has been upgraded to “stable” and she was taken off breathing and life-support equipment, the Walla news site reported Sunday.

Her husband, Haviv Haim, 78, was killed in the attack along with 51-year-old Alon Govberg, when two terrorists raided a bus they were traveling on, shooting and stabbing the passengers on board.

Shoshana and Haviv Haim were on their way home from a doctor’s appointment when the terrorists boarded Egged bus number 78 and began their violent shooting and stabbing spree. Haim died at the scene.

An additional 15 people were injured in the attack.

The two attackers were shot and subdued by police. One terrorist died of his wounds, and the other is in custody.

Police and emergency medical services treat the victims of a terror attack in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood in Jerusalem on Oct. 13, 2015. (Israel Police)
Police and emergency medical services treat the victims of a terror attack in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood in Jerusalem on Oct. 13, 2015. (Israel Police)

That attack was followed minutes later by a car-ramming and stabbing attack in the capital’s Makor Baruch neighborhood, where a Palestinian terrorist from Jabel Mukaber slammed his car into pedestrians at a bus stop before jumping out and hacking an elderly Israeli man to death with a meat cleaver. The attacker was shot dead by a passerby.

At the funeral held for Haviv Haim last Wednesday, his nephew described him as a “simple, honest man who lived his life and connected with everyone.”

“Since the day he immigrated to Israel, he lived in Jerusalem and raised a large family that is now mourning [his loss],” the nephew said.

The Haims have five children and 14 grandchildren.

The majority of Jerusalem casualties from the past month’s violence have been treated at Shaare Zedek Medical Center, but a fierce battle is emerging between the city’s top hospitals over treatment of attack victims.

Hadassah accused Shaare Zedek Sunday of causing irreparable damage to a stab victim in its care, Army Radio reported. The patient was initially taken to Shaare Zedek after sustaining serious injuries in a stabbing attack and later transferred to Hadassah for further treatment.

The report said a number of senior Hadassah doctors have made serious allegations against Shaare Zedek. One physician claimed that an “unprofessional procedure” may have caused the patient irreparable brain damage. Another reportedly said Shaare Zedek should not be the first port of call for terror victims given its lack of neurological surgeons.

The Health Ministry said in response to the report that Shaare Zedek is an appropriate medical facility for stab victims and houses one of the best trauma wards in the country.

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