Wounded policewoman: 'I just want to go home'

Officer critically wounded in stabbing attack nine months ago can only be released from the hospital if she buys a disabled-accessible home.

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Policewoman Tzipi Yaakovian, who was critically wounded in a stabbing attack near Herod's Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem last year, spoke with Arutz Sheva about her injuries and the rehabilitation process.

Yaakovian suffered neurological damage caused by the injuries to her spinal cord suffered during the stabbing and has been hospitalized ever since the attack in the rehabilitation wing of Hadassah University Hospital on Mount Scopus.

The 38-year old mother of two can only be released from the hospital if her home is adapted to her current needs. However, her family does not have the money to renovate their home or to buy one which would meet her needs.

Yaakovian recounted the attack which left her fighting for her life. "The terrorist came up from behind. I felt the blow and fell, and at that moment I lost consciousness."

Yaakovian suffered severe injuries. Her spinal cord was severed. She sustained severe blood loss and was no longer breathing on her own by the time she reached the hospital.

"I lost all of my blood," Yaakovian recounted.

The doctors who treated Yaakovian believed that her chances of survival were slim to nil. Despite their pessimistic assessment, her condition improved, and she went through months of rehabilitation. Nine months after the attack, however, she still does not have control over her four limbs.

Another policeman was moderately wounded during the attack.

According to her doctors, Yaakovian is ready to leave the hospital and continue her rehabilitation at home. However, the house would have to be wheelchair accessible, be on the ground floor, include a place for a nurse to stay, and be close to the hospital, in addition to other conditions.

The Defense Ministry allocated NIS 1.9 million ($535,000) to purchase a suitable home for her. However, only two houses which meet the criteria were found, and the price for each was between NIS 5-6 million ($1.4 million - $1.7 million). Even if the family sells their current home, they would still be approximately NIS 1 million ($288,000) short of the funds needed to purchase a home which would allow Yaakovian to leave the hospital.

The family has partnered with several charitable organizations to start a fundraising campaign under the name 'Free Tzipi' with the goal of raising the funds necessary to purchase one of the homes so she can come home to her husband and children.