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Teen seriously hurt in Jerusalem bus bombing awakens

Eden Dadon, 16, who suffered severe burns all over her body, responds to stimuli following two weeks in induced coma

Firefighters and rescue personnel at the scene of a bus bombing, Jerusalem, April 18, 2016 (Nati Shohat/Flash90)
Firefighters and rescue personnel at the scene of a bus bombing, Jerusalem, April 18, 2016 (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

A 16-year-old girl seriously injured in a bus bombing last month in Jerusalem came to on Monday for the first time since the terror attack.

Eden Dadon was on life support for nearly two weeks at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerem after suffering serious burns all over her body in the blast.

Another 19 others were injured and the bomber, Palestinian Abed al-Hamid Abu Srour, 19, was killed in the No. 12 bus bombing.

Doctors on Sunday began scaling back medication keeping her anesthetized and shortly thereafter she came out of her medically induced coma and responded to stimuli. She remained hooked up to a respirator and could only communicate through hand signs, Ynet reported.

“Every time I look at hear and she responds to me, I’m on cloud nine,” her mother, Racheli Dadon, who was also lightly hurt in the attack, told news site Ynet.

Rachel Dadon speaks with the press at Hadassah Ein Karem hospital where she and her daughter are hospitalized after being injured in the bus bombing that took place in Jerusalem, on April 19, 2016. Rachel was moderately injured and her daughter is in critical condition. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Rachel Dadon speaks with the press at Hadassah Hospital Ein Karem where she and her daughter are hospitalized after being injured in the bus bombing that took place in Jerusalem, on April 19, 2016. Rachel was moderately injured and her daughter is in critical condition. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

 

Dadon, a resident of Jerusalem, was on the No. 12 bus with her daughter Eden when it exploded.

“Everything was dark and smoky, I looked for my daughter and she was all burned,” Dadon told the Ynet news website in the wake of the . “After the explosion I collapsed. Her face was all black, you couldn’t see her.”

Firefighters look on as two buses burn in Jerusalem. Police launched an investigation into the incident, April 18, 2016. (Israel Police)
Firefighters look on as two buses burn in Jerusalem. Police launched an investigation into the incident, April 18, 2016. (Israel Police)

The bus exploded as it was passing near the Talpiot neighborhood in the southern end of the capital carrying a number of passengers at around 5:45 p.m., police said. The blast set a car and a second empty bus on fire, injuring several more people.

Jerusalem police chief Yoram Halevy told media the blast was caused by an explosive device placed on the bus.

Terror groups Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad “welcomed” the bombing as did the Popular Resistance Committees, but did not claim responsibility.

 

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