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Daily Israel Report

Rachel Atias Released from Hospital

Rambam Hospital in Haifa released Rachel Atias into the custody of her aunt, with whom she will live in Tzfat; physical condition: good.
By Gabe Kahn
First Publish: 5/24/2012, 12:19 PM

Rachel Atias
Rachel Atias
Courtesy of the Atias Family

Rachel Atias, 7, the sole survivor of a tragic accident on Thursday that killed her parents and six siblings was released this morning from Haifa's Rambam Hospital.

She went to live with her aunt Esther Cohen in Tzfat.

Rambam Medical Center chief of pediatrics Prof. Amos Etzioni told Arutz Sheva that Rachel is in overall good physical condition, but "left in a wheelchair due to mild pain she still feels making it difficult to walk."

"She suffered a slight hip injury and some slight bleeding around the eye," Etzioni said, adding "She doesn't require further medical treatment."

However, he noted, that hospital social workers will continue to work with the family due to the psychological trauma of losing her family and adjusting to a new home.

The Atias family late Monday night was returning to their home in the national religious community of Bar Yochai, located near Meron and Tzfat.

The driver, Rafael Atias, 42, realized his brakes were not working and phoned the emergency hotline.

As the car sped down a hill out of control, Atias' wife Yehudit, 42, abruptly stopped a conversation with the hotline and screamed. “G-d. Save us. HaShem, save us.”

The victims, besides the parents, are Avia, 17, twins Eliyashiv and Neria Shimon, 16, Shira, 11, Tair, 8 and Noa, 4.

They were laid to rest in Tzfat on Monday morning.