Scene of Jerusalem stabbing attack
Scene of Jerusalem stabbing attack Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Security guard Asher Elmaliach, who was stabbed in the heart during a terror attack at Jerusalem’s central bus station on December 10, was released from the hospital this morning.

Elmaliach had been seriously wounded in the attack, during which a 24-year-old resident of the Palestinian Authority residing illegally in Jerusalem approached an entrance of the central bus station in Jerusalem and stabbed Elmaliach in the heart before fleeing the scene. The terrorist was caught and arrested shortly thereafter.

Officials at Shaarei Tzedek Hospital described Elmaliach’s survival as a “Hanukkah miracle”, stating that if the ambulance carrying Elmaliach had been delayed by even several minutes, he would not have survived.

Nevertheless, Elmaliach’s condition continued to be defined as serious, with hospital officials announcing on December 17 that Elmaliach had been connected to an ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) machine to assist his breathing.

On December 24, while still in serious condition, hospital officials noted a slight improvement in Elmaliach’s condition, announcing that he had been disconnected from the ECMO machine.

This morning, the hospital said Elmaliach was released in overall “very good” condition, and will now undergo rehabilitation.