I'm very pleased to hear the following, accurate as of today (Dec. 12, 2008), received directly from the family...
14 year old Naftali Sheetrit was the most wounded student in the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva terrorist attack of March 2008. Tefilot (prayers) from around the world followed him as he lay near death, then recovered to a stable but still badly injured and disabled level. Since March he's undergone a long series of surgeries and rehabilitation effort.
You will be happy to hear that Naftali has made a very good recovery after his (most recent) surgery (in America). We appreciate all your efforts on his behalf and that so many around the world as well. I believe as of now it is unnecessary to continue saying teffilot for him.
Have a good Shabbos.
News report of his last surgery:
Naftali Shitrit is ready to soon go home, and, thanks to the doctors at Riley Hospital for Children, he will soon be able to make the 6,000-mile trip in far better shape than when he arrived.
The 14-year-old lives in Jerusalem but has been in Indianapolis, along with his father and grandfather, to repair wounds suffered this spring in one of the deadliest attacks in Israel in two years.
The teen, and even his doctors, aren't sure how many times he was shot -- probably six to eight -- as he cowered behind a column, praying for his life. A Palestinian terrorist had slipped into Naftali's seminary the evening of March 6 and opened fire. Eight people were killed before the attacker was fatally shot at the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva.
Following the assault, Naftali spent five months in two Israeli hospitals. On the recommendation of his doctors there, the boy traveled to Riley for reconstructive urological surgery about five weeks ago.
Rink said he expects Naftali to fully recover from the wounds he treated.
We wish Naftali many blessings and a long life.
Friday, December 12, 2008
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