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Daily Israel Report

Injured Nuns in Good Condition at Haifa Hospital

Two nuns who were injured in a fatal crash are in good condition at Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center. Three others were killed in the crash.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 12/27/2010, 11:18 AM / Last Update: 12/27/2010, 1:59 PM

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Two nuns who were injured in a fatal crash on Friday which killed three others, are in good condition at Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center.  

Three nuns from Malta, Italy and Jordan died Friday afternoon when their car when out of control near the Jordan Valley city of Beit She’an, near the Jordanian border. Malta media reported that the 67-year-old nun from its country had worked in Israel for 30 years and ran a hospice.

The other nuns, from Italy and Iraq, were evacuated by helicopter to the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, where hospital spokesman David Ratner told Israel National News they are now in good condition and probably will be released in several days.

Both women underwent surgery, one for chest injuries and the other for internal wounds. They were driving towards Jerusalem when their vehicle overturned and hit a concrete electric pole at a junction on Highway 90, the north-south highway that stretches from the border with Lebanon to Israel's southern border in Eilat.

A stream of friends from their monastery near Tiberias has been visiting the two nuns, Ratner said. He added that the hospital provides full care for them, including a social worker, although the Italian nun does not speak English and the other nun has been reluctant to speak about the crash.

The spokesman pointed out that the Rambam facility takes care of all patients who arrive, including the Turkish terror activists who were wounded when they attacked Navy commandos trying to divert the Mavi Mamara ship from Hamas-controlled Gaza last May 31.