Young woman feels blow at West Bank wedding, finds bullet in spine 3 months later
Adi Bloy says she initially thought she pulled a muscle during ceremony at Psagot Winery; police suspect 5.56mm round was fired from nearby Palestinian village
Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.
A young woman discovered she had been shot while at a wedding in the West Bank three months after the fact, it was reported Monday.
Adi Bloy felt a sharp blow during her friend’s wedding at the Psagot Winery near the Palestinian village of Mukhmas, but said her friends shrugged it off.
“In the middle of the wedding ceremony, I felt a crazy blow in my back. From my shoulders to my feet, there was crazy pain. I thought at first I pulled a muscle, I didn’t see a hole in my dress,” she told Army Radio.
“After a few minutes, I saw a bit of blood on my hand after I held the spot. There was the tiniest scratch there. They made light of the situation — my friends said, ‘Don’t worry,'” she recalled.
“Even the doctors said, ‘It’s nothing, Adi,'” Bloy added.
But with the pain in her back not subsiding, she requested a CT scan.
The scan identified a metal object lodged in her back near her spine, but it was only after surgery that doctors realized it was a 5.56mm bullet.
“I was saved by a miracle. The surgeon doctor told me if it had hit a few centimeters more [in any direction], I would have been harmed in so many ways,” Bloy said.
According to the report, police suspect the bullet was fired by a Palestinian from the adjacent village of Mukhmas, but were unsure if on purpose or by accident.
Bloy has requested that the National Insurance Institute recognize her as a terror victim, based on the initial police probe. That would require the institute to finance her medical treatment.
The institute told Army Radio that it had forwarded her request — submitted last week — along with the police recommendations to the Defense Ministry, which approves such cases.
The military said it was unaware of the incident. There were no reports of gunfire in the area on the night of the wedding.
“This is a story you hear in movies. You never really think you would meet such a thing. In the end, it met me,” she said.