Yesterday she was fine. A half an hour later, she was gone.

Mrs. Baila Porush was in the hospital yesterday with COVID-19, seemingly on her way to recovery. Just half an hour later she was gone.

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, | updated: 1:18 PM

Funeral of  Baila Porush
Funeral of Baila Porush
Vaad Harabanim

Mrs. Baila Porush was in the hospital yesterday fighting COVID-19, and seemed to be on her way to recovery. Her husband and 6 children were eager to have her home, and she was in relatively light condition. She was not on a respirator.

Just a half an hour later, she was gone.

How did this happen? It seems that some otherwise improving patients experience rapid deterioration, which blindsides doctors and leaves family members mourning in complete shock. This was the case with Mrs. Porush, who tragically passed away yesterday at the age of 52.

The Porush family has experienced loss before: They lost a child last year. Now Rabbi Porush is COVID-positive as well, and one of their children is in the hospital fighting the virus in critical condition. Moving video footage of the funeral shows Rabbi Porush giving his eulogy from the inside of an ambulance. It is truly difficult to watch.

Though she has been lost, a inspiring glimpse into Mrs. Porush’s life: Though she experienced many very difficult challenges in her lifetime, she lived a rich spiritual life. In her family’s words, she ‘accepted her suffering with love.’ She was known to visit the various prayer sites around Israel regularly.

Those who are close to the family hope and pray that they will be able to channel Mrs. Porush’s tremendous strength to make it through this loss. In the meantime, Rabbi Porush, a Torah scholar in his fifties currently suffering from the coronavirus, is left to take care of his children alone. Funds are being raised to help them survive.