Avigail Idan, the four-year-old girl whose captivity in Gaza was highlighted by US President Joe Biden, was discharged from Schneider Children's Medical Center today (Tuesday), days after she was released by her Hamas captors.
"Avigail was released today after being treated in the special ward at the Schneider Children's Medical Center from the day she returned to Israel on Sunday. Since her arrival, the medical and psychosocial team at Schneider has provided her with therapeutic and emotional support," the hospital said.
The family stated: "The family expresses its gratitude from the bottom of their hearts for the wonderful care of everyone who accompanied us in Schneider."
Little Avigail 'celebrated' her fourth birthday while being held hostage in Gaza by the Hamas terrorist organization. Avigail's case became a cause celebre among the 240 hostages held by Hamas after it was raised by US President Joe Biden due to her age and the fact that she is an American citizen.
Avigail's aunt, Amit Idan, said that the child "arrived very tired, she probably had a long journey - but she's fine, she's really fine, she'll get over the shock a little from all the faces she doesn't know."
Carmel, Avigail's grandfather, said that she "probably hasn't bathed since the first day. Tomorrow she will be released. She asked about what happened to her siblings. As for her father and mother, she didn't ask about them. She asked to see them but not to meet them."
Avigail's siblings, Michael, 9, and Amalya, 6, survived the massacre and escaped capture by hiding in a closet for 14 hours.