Though they have long since disappeared from headlines, the members of the Jayada family still wait each day for news of something hopeful. When it comes, the update spreads like wildfire, going out by text message to hundreds of relatives who want to know. Five-year-old Mohammed’s skin graft surgery went well, as did the one for Bassam, who’d been driving.
Mohammed’s father Ayman, who was critically injured more than two weeks ago when the car he and the five others was traveling in was hit with a Molotov cocktail on Aug. 16th, has come out of his ten-day coma and was moved late last week from the intensive care unit of the Hadassah University Hospital in Ein Kerem to a regular plastic surgery ward. He’s a few doors down from his brother, Hassan, who, like Bassem and Mohammed, suffered third-degree burns over about 30 percent of his body. Ayman, who took a direct hit from the Molotov cocktail and has burns over about 45 percent of his body, is just now beginning to speak in a whisper.
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