Who Will Take Care of Adelle?
The parents of a toddler left badly handicapped by terrorists are desperately seeking a solution for their daughter.
Ten months ago, Adelle Biton, then two years old, was riding in her family’s car along with her mother and two of her three older sisters. Suddenly, the family was ambushed by a group of Palestinian Arab men, who hurled heavy rocks at the car – hitting baby Adelle, and causing a crash that injured the other girls as well.
Adelle was left critically wounded, and spent months in a coma. However, half a year after the attack doctors were optimistic, saying Adelle had made a remarkable recovery and was expected to make further progress.
Sadly, the expected improvement in her condition did not come to pass. Now, staff at Loewenstein Hospital Rehabilitation Center in Ra’anana say there is nothing more they can do for the badly handicapped young girl – and have told her parents to take her home, Yediot Aharonot reports.
Adelle’s parents say they do not have the equipment to take care of their young daughter. Relatives who spoke to Yediot said the Health Ministry had failed to follow through on promises of help.
“We didn’t choose for [Adelle] to be in this situation. It’s hard enough for us already. We expect the government to help us,” a relative said.
“The family’s home in Yakir is not set up for Adelle yet, not in terms of access, and more importantly, not in terms of the necessary medical equipment,” they warned.
The family turned to MK Shuli Muallem (Jewish Home), who has helped them get support from the Health Ministry.
Muallem sent a letter to the Health Ministry warning that Adelle faces immediate release from the hospital “despite agreements,” and that the family does not have what it needs to help her.
Health Ministry officials issued a statement saying that ministry staff will work to help the Biton family prepare to care for Adelle, “and to promote understanding between the hospital and the family regarding the date of release.”
Parents Rafi and Adva Biton declined to be interviewed for the report.