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Hope Is Born Out of the Ashes of Carmel Disaster

The third child of widows of the Carmel fire was born Wednesday to Olga Ochana, whose two-year-old girl had earlier said, “Dad has a future.”
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 1/5/2011, 12:43 PM / Last Update: 1/5/2011, 5:47 PM

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The third child of widows of the Carmel fire disaster was born Wednesday morning to Olga Ochana, whose two-year-old girl had earlier said, “Dad has a future.”

Both the mother and newborn baby boy are doing well at Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva, where Ochana’s widow underwent a Caesarean section to deliver the child.

Several weeks ago, following the prison guard’s death, the Ochanas' two-year-old daughter Noi told her mother, referring to her pregnancy, "This cannot be stopped. Dad has a future.”

Two other children have been born to widows of the fire victims, one to a Druze prison guard and other last week to Hofit, wife of firefighter Danny Hayat.

He died while tried to save firefighting cadets whose bus was caught in the flames of the raging inferno on the Carmel mountain. Hofit eulogized him at the funeral, "Thank you for the little princess who is in my womb, for the great love I received from you, for the coffee you made for me in the morning. G-d was supposed to save you but he took you as tzaddikim [the righteous] are taken away. I promise you that I will be strong, just like you expected me to. You are my hero."

President Shimon Peres visited her on Tuesday and recalled her late husband’s bravery.