Seriously wounded victim of Ofra terror attack reunited with husband

Amichai Ish-Ran who was also injured in West Bank shooting, sees wife for first time; doctors still fighting to save their baby, delivered after attack

Amichai (left) and Shira Ish-Ran, wounded in a December 9, 2018, terrorist attack outside Ofra in the West Bank, are seen at their wedding (Courtesy of the family)
Amichai (left) and Shira Ish-Ran, wounded in a December 9, 2018, terrorist attack outside Ofra in the West Bank, are seen at their wedding (Courtesy of the family)

The pregnant woman who was injured in Sunday’s drive-by shooting in the West Bank was reunited with her husband, who also was injured in the attack, Tuesday.

Amichai Ish-Ran on Tuesday evening entered the hospital room of his wife Shira, 21, who had her baby delivered surgically at 30-week gestation to save the mother’s life. It was the first time they had seen each other when Shira, who had been in an induced coma, was conscious.

The couple smiled at each other and held hands, her father, Chaim Silberstein, told reporters. The young mother could not speak due to tubes in her throat.

She reportedly has asked about the condition of her baby, but has not been told about his serious and deteriorating condition, according to reports.

The parents of 21-year old Shira Ish-Ran who was injured in a drive-by shooting attack speak to press at Shaarei Tzedek hospital. December 10, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

“We have no words to describe the joy, even though she is still in serious condition,” Silberstein said. “The baby’s condition has not changed since yesterday. His life is still in danger and he is fighting for it, a small baby who was born prematurely along with a great trauma, and he started his life in a very difficult situation and we pray that he will survive.”

Ish-Ran was seriously hurt when a group of terrorists in a passing car opened fire at Israeli civilians waiting at a bus stop outside the settlement of Ofra, injuring seven people. Ish-Ran’s husband, Amichai, was moderately injured in the attack.

Doctors performed an emergency cesarean section on Ish-Ran, who was 30 weeks pregnant, and delivered her baby. The boy was immediately transferred to the ward for premature babies at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center. Initially said to be in “stable” condition, the baby’s condition worsened, the hospital said Monday. He was hooked up to a ventilator and has beenundergoing treatment in the neonatal intensive care unit.

The military’s search for the perpetrators of the attack entered its third day on Tuesday, with troops setting up roadblocks and sweeping nearby Palestinian villages.

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