Adelle Biton Evicted from the Hospital


adele-bitonAdelle Biton, the three-year-old infant who was critically injured nearly one year ago when Arab youths threw a rock at her family’s car and hit her directly in the head, was asked to be removed from Lowenstien Hospital in Ra’anana on Tuesday – and her mother Adva is disgusted with the unceremonious eviction.

The attack on Adelle occurred near the Samaria city of Ariel last March, when Arab terrorists hurled stones at the family car. After being in critical condition, the young girl miraculously managed to pull through her potentially fatal wounds, but has only been released from the hospital briefly and temporarily over the long months of recuperation due to the severity of her injuries.

The Biton family has spent most of the last 11 months by Adelle’s hospital bedside, holding a party at the hospital for her third birthday while she was still unconscious last April. Adelle has not fully recovered.

Now, the hospital allegedly wrote Adva in a letter on Tuesday claiming that Adelle has completed the rehabilitative process and received the maximum care for her condition, and therefore the management does not see fit to allow her to stay in the hospital. Following these statements, the Biton family was asked to leave the hospital today.

Biton – who has reportedly not left the hospital yet – called the letter “despicable lies” which do not reflect the reality of Adelle’s condition. The toddler is still only barely conscious.

“I have a girl but she doesn’t communicate, as far as I’m concerned it’s as if she’s living while dead,” Adva told Channel 2 earlier this year.

Biton noted that Lowenstein Hospital staff already asked the family to leave six weeks ago, despite numerous meetings with the hospital’s director clarifying that the family home has not been adapted yet to accommodate Adelle while she is still handicapped.

Read more at Arutz Sheva.

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  1. If there is nothing else that the hospital staff can do, the child should not stay there. First, hospitals are bad places unless you absolutely have to be there to be because you can pick up infections from other sick patients. Second, let someone else have the bed who might benefit from what the staff has to offer.

    I’m sorry for the family but what I wrote above is the sad truth.

  2. I agree with Charlie. I think its very sad and its great that the girl is doing better and hope she continues to improve but this is rather one sided reporting. It sounds like the hospital feels its time to move on and the family needs to adapt and if they have to modify their house, then do it already.

  3. Why hasn’t the home been adapted for her yet? do they not have the money? Some tzedakah organization should help them find the money and work out the adjustments for her care. If we can mount massive demonstrations against the draft we can certainly organize the essential care for one handicapped little girl. The family needs both financial and emotional support.

  4. In fact it’s very unusual that a patient is allowed to stay for almost a year; this likely has been due to the emotions and public opinion involvement.

    Sharon has nothing to do with all of this, and I am sure doctors have explained the family why he was offered to stay in a hospital setting as long as his family saw fit.

    I understand the family is very angry. In a better world, those patients would receive for free the necessary care. But we have to be grateful that the state pays for neurosurgeries – even when their prospects are dim – as well as for rehabilitation. We should not take that for granted, it did not use to be so; people had sometimes to sell their assets and savings of a lifetime and to send their children to collect money. Other people opted not to bring financial ruin upon their families in order to undertake a risky surgery with uncertain prospects, as proved by the fact these halachic questions were quite common a few decades ago. Yes, more should be done, but let us not forget that a lot is being done.

  5. I wonder if it was a Lebanese or Syrian child
    Would the child be told there is no longer
    Anything they could do to help?

  6. Dr Hall, that might be true. But as a terror victim why the “unceremonious eviction”? Maybe there’s more to the story and there were some options offered.