(This information is directly confirmed with the family as of May 6, 2008.)
There has recently been a tremendous amount of erroneous information on various email lists regarding the condition of Naftali ben Gila Rachel, the most seriously wounded student at Mercacz Harav yeshiva.
The following information is up to date as of Monday April 14 at 11:00 am, and comes directly from Naftali's mother, and was re-confirmed with Naftali's aunt on May 6, 2008:
Naftali was critically injured in the attack. He was unconscious for 8 days, and regained consciousness on Friday night March 14. He was moved out of ICU into the surgical ward of Shaare Tzedek hospital on Tuesday March 18. He celebrated his 14^th birthday on Purim.
The family is very much aware of all of the tefillot and the concerted effort undertaken by many in the community on behalf of Naftali and his recovery, and are very thankful for the tremendous outpouring of concern and the well wishes that have been expressed. The inaccuracies that have been circulated recently are therefore all the more painful for them.
On Friday night, April 4, Naftali suffered symptoms that are similar to a seizure, but were not actually an epileptic seizure. Hospital staff moved him back into ICU as a precautionary measure for observation.
On Sunday, April 6, Naftali was moved back to the Surgical Ward, where he has remained ever since. At no time did he suffer a stroke or anything similar, and at no time since he regained consciousness was his life in any danger. His condition is steadily improving, and he is often out in the halls of the ward in his wheelchair. In the hospital, he continues to keep up with his learning, and plays the violin when he is bored. He was allowed out of the hospital for the Pesach seder, and then returned to the hospital in the morning.
At no time did Naftali have a name added for tefillot. His name was, and is, Naftali ben Gila Rachel.
While the family is extremely appreciative of all the tefilos and concern for Naftali, they beg the Jewish world to please try to stop these inaccurate e-mails.
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From: Shoshanna Walker <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Endtimes <EndtimesIsraelNews@topica.com>, eejh <email@example.com>, EretzYisraelUndivided <EretzYisraeUndivided@yahoogroups.com>, Ayelet Walker <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Avichai <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 7 May 2008 00:11:22 -0400
Subject: [EretzYisraeUndivided] Urgent: Tefila needed for one of the wounded Mercaz HaRav students
From: Elijah H. Gold <firstname.lastname@example.org
Please say Tehillim for Naftali ben Gila, one of the students wounded
in the Mercaz HaRav shootings whose condition is drastically
worsening. Please forward immediately to at least 5 people.
Please Daven for him. He suffered a stroke yesterday...15 yrs old.