Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba reports that freed hostage Elma Avraham’s condition is continuing to improve. This week she was transferred from the hospital’s intensive care unit to its geriatric department for ongoing care, and yesterday she stood up for the first time since her release.
“I’m made of iron. I’m back with you,” she has reportedly told her family.
Released from Hamas captivity in Gaza on November 26, 84-year-old Avraham arrived by helicopter at Soroka in critical, life-threatening condition. She was initially put on a ventilator.
Her children have harshly criticized the Red Cross for failing to care for her while she was in Hamas captivity, with her daughter Tal Amano accusing the international humanitarian organization of abandoning her. Avraham, seized by terrorists from her home in Kibbutz Nahal Oz on October 7, went without her regular medications for 50 days.
Avraham’s family refused a request from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to meet with him during a recent visit to Soroka, according to Hebrew media reports.
Earlier today, it was reported that Hanna Katzir, who was released from Gaza on the first day of the seven-day truce last month, is in serious condition after her health deteriorated while she was held hostage in the Strip.
“My mother’s condition is serious. Her condition has deteriorated following the captivity. She had no heart problems when she was kidnapped, but now she has severe heart problems due to harsh conditions and starvation,” her daughter Carmit Palty Katzir told Army Radio this morning.
While Katzir, 78, was in captivity, her family expressed serious concern for her wellbeing as she uses a walker, takes medication, and requires constant medical attention.
Katzir was kidnapped by Hamas terrorists from her Kibbutz Nir Oz home on October 7, and her 79-year-old husband Avraham “Rami” was murdered.