Backpack saved ramming victim's life

Sister of boy fighting for his life saved from similar head injuries when backpack shielded her head during ramming attack.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

site of ramming
site of ramming
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The teenage girl who was injured in a ramming attack last week was saved from potentially fatal injuries by her backpack, her family was told Tuesday by the doctor who arrived at the scene soon after the ramming. He told the family today that Noam's backpack prevented her head from striking the ground when the siblings were hit, likely saving her life.

Noam Nevies, 19, was moderately injured when a terrorist rammed into her and her brother, Nahum, 17, as they made their way to a protected bus stop near the entrance to the town of Elazar in Gush Etzion on Friday.

Nahum suffered severe head injuries and remains in critical but stable condition. He is still fighting for his life, according to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center. She underwent surgery today and is back in her hospital room.

Gush Etzion Brigade commander Col. David Shapira came to the hospital Tuesday to talk to the family. Shapiro brought with him items which the siblings had with them during the attack, incluiding a volume of pocketbook size Rambam (Maimonides) which Nahum intended to study on the trip.

Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau visited the two yesterday and recited Psalms at Nahum's bedside, as did the Chief Rabbi of Jerusaem, Rabbi Shtern. Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef, who is abroad, had his office call with wishes for a speedy recovery, while US Ambassador David Friedman has asked the family when he can come visit the two siblings, who are both American citizens.

The public is asked to pray for the complete recovery of Nahum Elimelech Ben Zahava Rivka.