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Terror-victim Toddler Given Four More Months in Hospital

Lowenstein Hospital agrees to let Adelle Biton stay for another four months, after asking that the unresponsive three-year-old go home.
By Benny Moshe, Ari Yashar
First Publish: 5/1/2014, 10:52 PM

Adele Biton
Adele Biton
Courtesy of the Biton family

Lowenstein Hospital in Ra'anana agreed to take the court's suggestion and allow Adelle Biton, the three-year-old infant who was critically injured nearly a year ago by Arab terrorists, to stay at the hospital for another four months.

Adelle suffered a critical head injury last March, when Arab terrorists threw rocks at her family's car as they were driving near Ariel in Samaria. The infant miraculously pulled through and survived despite life-threatening wounds, but aside from a few brief reprieves has remained hospitalized for recuperation.

During the coming four months, the family will try to find an alternate solution for the infant, who has not fully recovered and remains only partially conscious.

A Kfar Saba Magistrates Court in early April ordered the hospital not to evict the infant, after the hospital reportedly wrote the family a letter claiming Adelle had completed the rehabilitative process and received the maximum care for her condition, and that management needed to clear her bed for other patients.

The Biton family was asked to leave the hospital with their daughter the following day at noon.

Not yet able to provide their daughter's special needs

Adelle's mother Adva argued in court that the family home is still not wheelchair accessible or equipped with the specialized furniture Adelle will need.

Only in the days before the hearing did Bituach Leumi (National Insurance) finally approve a six-month-old claim from the family for government funding to make their home handicapped accessible; the process was estimated to take as long as four or five months.

"The judge is invited to come to the children's ward of the hospital," stated Adva during the hearing, rejecting the letter's claims. "The ward is practically empty. It's heart-wrenching. I'm there every single day. It's already a year that I'm away from my workplace. I know all of the comings and goings of the ward."

"We need a few more months for the head surgery"

Adva added that Adele is suppose to have a bone grafting operation on her head, and requested to have her stay at least until after the surgery.

"We ask for a few more months. We'll leave the ward; a long medical journey awaits us. This girls needs to have head surgery," remarked Adva. "She gets thrown off balance from a tiny fever, she gets hypothermia, infections. I should drag her home without the surgery? We ask that the surgery take place, and afterwards she'll come home.

Speaking to Arutz Sheva around the time of the eviction letter, Adva said "this is inhumane. The administration of the hospital, and the entire country, have lost all sense of human dignity." 

"[Former Prime Minister] Ariel Sharon was lying here for eight years for no reason and we all paid for it, and my daughter has made good progress," she stated. "Why can't they just give her time?"