Rachel Atias Released from Hospital


rachel-atiasRachel Atias, 7, the sole survivor of a tragic accident that killed her parents and six siblings was released this morning from Haifa’s Rambam Hospital.

She went to live with her aunt Esther Cohen in Tzfat.

Rambam Medical Center chief of pediatrics Prof. Amos Etzioni told Arutz Sheva that Rachel is in overall good physical condition, but “left in a wheelchair due to mild pain she still feels making it difficult to walk.”

“She suffered a slight hip injury and some slight bleeding around the eye,” Etzioni said, adding “She doesn’t require further medical treatment.”

However, he noted, that hospital social workers will continue to work with the family due to the psychological trauma of losing her family and adjusting to a new home.

The Atias family late Monday night was returning to their home in the national religious community of Bar Yochai, located near Meron and Tzfas.

The driver, Rafael Atias, 42, realized his brakes were not working and phoned the emergency hotline.

As the car sped down a hill out of control, Atias’ wife Yehudit, 42, abruptly stopped a conversation with the hotline and screamed. “G-d. Save us. HaShem, save us.”

The victims, besides the parents, are Avia, 17, twins Eliyashiv and Neria Shimon, 16, Shira, 11, Tair, 8 and Noa, 4.

They were laid to rest in Tzfas on Monday morning.

Read more: Arutz Sheva

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  1. Mmay Hashem help this girl to understand what has happened and to in time receive a nechamah for her loss, because without the nechamah and the connection with Hashem, all the long skirts and brachah bees there are won’t keep her on the derech. Losing a parent at such a young age is one of the greatest challenges a young person can face. I know whereof I speak.

    For people who would like to understand more, Rabbi Yaakov Horowitz of Project YES, who lost his father as a child, has some excellent articles on his website, including how and how not to relate to and talk with a child with such a loss.