Maj. Ido Hubara, 36, a reserve IDF officer in the 401st Armored Brigade from Kibbutz Sufa, was killed battling Hamas terrorists as part of the community’s civil emergency security team on October 7.
His father, Zohar, a medic and ambulance driver on the kibbutz, treated Ido for his severe injuries but was unable to save him.
Ido’s wife, Noa, told the Kan public broadcaster that when the Hamas attack on the kibbutz started her husband took his gun and went out to join the rest of the small defensive team.
Later, Zohar received an alert that Ido had been shot.
Like the rest of the kibbutz residents, Zohar had locked himself in a shelter room during the attack, but immediately left, grabbing his medic’s equipment as he went.
Zohar, a medic with Magen David Adom for 35 years, rushed to the scene and found his son with a severe head injury, but still alive. Zohar tried to bring the kibbutz ambulance to evacuate Ido to a medical center but terrorists had shot the tires to prevent it from being used.
Nonetheless, he was able to bring Ido out of the area of an ongoing firefight and then did his best to save him.
“I tried to do everything I could, everything that I know to save him,” Zohar told Kan.
Zohar was forced to alert the Magen David Adom dispatch center of the death of his own son.
For six hours, he sat by the body of Ido, holding his son’s hand, he told Kan.
“I wanted to stay with him, a few more minutes,” Zohar recalled.
Noa, unaware of the situation, continued sending Ido text messages asking him to send some sign that he was well.
The rest of Ido’s family had taken refuge together in a shelter at one of the kibbutz homes. It fell to Zohar to tell them that Ido had been killed.
When he entered the home, grandson Guy, aged 4, asked him “Why have you come back and our father hasn’t?”
Ido and Noa also have twin girls Gal and Goni aged 3.
Nearly six weeks after the attack, Noa told Kan that the twins are still asking “When is Abba coming back?”
“He was an amazing father, and they feel that he is missing,” she said. “It breaks my heart each time I explain to them again that his absence will continue.”