Victim of Jerusalem terror attack dies after six years in hospital

Hodaya Nechama Asulin has been unconscious since the explosion in March 2011.

Hodaya Nechama Asulin (photo credit: COURTESY OF FAMILY)
Hodaya Nechama Asulin
(photo credit: COURTESY OF FAMILY)
Hodaya Nechama Asulin, who was critically wounded in a 2011 terrorist attack in Jerusalem, died on Wednesday in the capital’s Hadassah-University Medical Center.
Asulin, a resident of the West Bank settlement of Mevo Horon, was 14 when she was wounded in the attack in March 2011. She was waiting at a bus station across from the Jerusalem International Convention Center (ICC) when a bomb hidden in a bag behind a telephone booth exploded.
A British national, 59-year-old Mary Jean Gardner, was killed and dozens were wounded in the attack.
Asulin has been in a coma since the explosion. A spokesman for Mevo Horon said that her situation deteriorated over the past two weeks, and on Wednesday early in the morning, she passed away; her funeral took place at Mevo Horon later in the day.
President Reuven Rivlin consoled Asulin’s family on his Facebook page.
“I was saddened to hear the report of Hodaya Nechama Asulin’s death, who was only 14 years old when she was critically wounded in a bus station terrorist attack across from the ICC.
“For six years she fought for her life, and this morning her young heart ceased from beating.
We are sadly hugging her family and praying for them to find comfort. May her memory be a blessing,” he said.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also sent his condolences to the family.
“The entire people of Israel is hugging and sending its support to the family, who have been warmly taking care of Hodaya since the horrible attack,” he said.