Wounded mother 'unaware she gave birth'

Parents of woman wounded in shooting attack say she doesn't know baby was delivered. 'He's in critical condition, needs lots of prayers.'

David Rosenberg,

Liora and Chaim Silberstein
Liora and Chaim Silberstein
Eliran Aharon

The parents of a young woman wounded in a terrorist shooting attack north of Jerusalem Sunday night said their daughter remains unaware that her baby was delivered, and that the child remains in critical condition.

Shira Ish-Ran, 21, was shot and seriously wounded Sunday night during a drive-by shooting attack by a gang of Arab terrorists, who opened fire on Israeli civilians at a bus stop outside of the Israeli town of Ofra, north of Jerusalem.

Ish-Ran, her husband, and five other people were wounded in the attack.

After being rushed in critical condition to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, doctors operated on Shira to treat her wounds, and also performed an emergency caesarian section to deliver her child, who was in the 30th week of the pregnancy.

On Tuesday, Shira’s mother, Liora Silberstein, told Kan that the child remained in critical condition, and that her daughter had not been informed of his birth.

“She was overwhelmed by emotion and tried to speak,” Liora said of her visit with her daughter.

“We haven’t told her about the delivery. She doesn’t know if the baby is inside or out.”

“He needs a lot of prayers,” Liora said regarding her grandson’s condition. “The baby is in critical condition.”

“When I’m by myself, the tears just flow out. But my daughter needs her mother to pray for her.”

Shira’s father, Chaim Silberstein, told Army Radio that while is daughter’s “condition has improved, we’re not allowed to get too close to her. So we’re hugging her from a distance. The baby’s condition is still critical, we’re praying for his recovery.”


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