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Mrs. Leah Althaus, a young mother and shlucha (Chabad-Lubavitch emissary) in Dnipro, Ukraine, passed away on Tuesday at age 28.

COLlive reports that Leah was a shlucha in Dnipro, where she began serving with her husband, Rabbi Zelig Althaus, soon after their marriage. Rabbi Zelig is employed in Dnipro's Tomchei Temimim Yeshiva

Last week, Leah suffered a heart complication, and she was flown to Israel for treatment in critical condition. She later passed away at Tel Hashomer Hospital. Prior to her death, many around the world prayed for her recovery and performed Torah commandments in her merit.

Leah is survived by her husband, Rabbi Chaim Zelig Althaus, and their four children. She is also survived by her parents, Rabbi Meir Ashkenazi, rabbi of Kfar Chabad, and his wife; and her in-laws, Rabbi and Mrs. Pinchas Althaus of Holon, Israel.

Leah is the granddaughter of the rabbi of Kiryat Motzkin, Rabbi Dovid Meir Drookman, and Rebbetzin Sima Ashkenazi, mother of Rabbi Meir Ashkenazi and wife of the late Rabbi Mordechai Ashkenazi of Kfar Chabad.