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Gas Explosion: Linda Schwartz Fighting for her Life

The explosion apparently occurred at the apartment of Max and Maya Schwartz, whose daughter in in the ICU.
By Arutz Sheva staff
First Publish: 1/22/2014, 11:38 AM

Scene of gas explosion in Jerusalem
Scene of gas explosion in Jerusalem
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Linda Schwartz, who is in her 40s, is still fighting for her life Wednesday at the Intensive Care Unit of Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, following the gas explosion that demolished her parents' apartment in Gilo, Jerusalem, on Sunday night. The explosion killed three members of a family that lived next door to the Schwartzes: Avraham Tufan, 56, his wife Galit, 42, and their baby son, Yosef-Haim, aged 2.

The parents, Max and Maya Schwartz, aged 88 and 86, respectively, are currently staying at a senior citizens' home in Maaleh Adumim, where they plan to continue to lie until their apartment is renovated. They suffered burns, mostly in their upper body but are generally in good condition.

Their daughter's condition has not improved, however, since she was brought to the ICU immediately following the explosion. Prof. Avi Rivkind, who heads the Emergency and Trauma Ward at the hospital, told Yediot Aharonot Tuesday, “I regret to say that there has been no change in the injured victim's condition amd it is still serious – she is still in mortal danger.”

Linda is Max and Maya's only child. They had initially been hospitalized next to her but were released to the senior citizens' home Monday for recovery.