Ayala Shapira
Ayala Shapira Courtesy Shapira Family

Ayala Shapira, the 11-year-old victim of a brutal firebomb attack on her family car two-and-a-half weeks ago outside Ma'ale Shomron in Samaria that left her in critical condition, continues to heal, even though the road to recovery remains long and grueling.

Ruth, Ayala's mother, said on Tuesday evening that "Ayala is healing slowly and in stages, she suffers pains and takes medicine to ease things for her. She speaks with lip movements and explains herself very well."

"She asks questions about the medical treatment and shows interest," Ruth said in an interview with Channel 10. "She doesn't speak about the attack and we don't bring it up either. She also smiles to people who come to visit her."

Ayala's father Avner was also wounded in the attack, albeit lightly, and remains hospitalized as well, placing Ruth in a challenging position.

"I'm 'surviving' - that's the word," she said. "I function kind of like a single-parent because I have a hospitalized daughter, a hospitalized husband and four daughters at home, so that the division of time isn't easy, and I roll with it and get by."

Speaking about her husband's condition, she said "Avner remains hospitalized, his condition is improving but until the burn on his back heals he can't leave there."

She emphasized that Ayala's recovery continues at a fast pace, meeting the doctors' highest expectations.

"She's doing everything according to the best predictions they give us, and we believe that with G-d's help it will continue like this and she'll be out of it soon," said Ruth. The public is asked to continue praying for the full recovery of Ayelet bat Rut.

The two Arab terrorists who carried out the attack were arrested the same night of the attack by the elite IDF unit Duvdevan.

After the attack, Avner criticized the security system over its approach toward Arab terrorism, saying "all of this treating the incident as if it were a criminal event – the idea of treating some young criminals who throw bombs at cars as criminals is a fundamentally flawed concept."