JERUSALEM (JTA) – A 13-year-old boy who was critically injured in a stabbing by two Palestinian teens is conscious and breathing on his own a week after the attack.
The Jewish-Israeli boy was brought to the hospital, where he was put in an induced coma and connected to a respirator, following the Oct. 12 attack in Jerusalem.
Ahmed Eid, the head of Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital’s Department of General Surgery, said in a statement that he was optimistic about his recovery,” but cautioned that the teen “has a long path of rehabilitation still ahead of him.”
One of the teen’s assailants, Hassan Mansra, 15, was killed by security officials during the attack. The second teen, Ahmed Mansra, 13, of eastern Jerusalem, was released from Hadassah Medical Center at Ein Kerem on Sunday night and then arrested and turned over to a detention facility after a court ruled that he remain in custody for eight days. He was seriously injured by a car as he attempted to flee from the scene of the stabbing.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of “executing” Ahmed, but the Israeli government released a video of the teen eating in his hospital bed.