Elma Avraham
Elma AvrahamPhotograph: courtesy of the photographer

Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva has updated on the improvement in the condition of 84-year-old Elma Avraham, who returned from Hamas captivity and was taken to the medical center in serious condition.

The head of the intensive care department, Dr. Moti Klein, said that "she is responding well to treatment and is recovering. It is important to note that as part of the medical treatment, the social services at the hospital also accompany the family members with close emotional support."

"Despite the improvement in her condition, she still needs monitoring and follow-up within the intensive care department. We are optimistic and will do everything to exhaust every possibility to further Elma's recovery," he added.

He described the chain of events since Elma’s arrival at the hospital. "She suffered from many background illnesses before she was kidnapped, and was receiving essential life-saving medication on a regular basis. After over 50 days in Hamas captivity in Gaza, she was transferred to us yesterday evening by helicopter. For over 24 hours, she was unconscious and in a very serious condition; she was ventilated and received support for her collapsed body systems. In the last few hours, it was reported, there has been an improvement in her condition. She is conscious, breathing on her own and does not need the same level of support she needed upon her arrival."