After seven long months in the hospital, nine-year-old Osher Twito from Sderot was released from Tel Hashomer hospital on Tuesday. Osher, who was hit by a Qassam rocket along with his brother Rami, is returning to his parents' house, but not in Sderot.
Osher is not ready to return to the rocket-stricken city just yet, and would be living in the city of Ashdod for the time being.
"I'm very happy, I'm looking forward to the move to Ashdod," said Osher as he was escorted out of the hospital by his friends. "I am a bit worried about the new school and everything else, but I'm sure it will all be alright."
Osher's injury forced doctors to amputate one of his legs; his other leg was also hit badly, but the doctors managed to save it. His parents said that when they finally told him that his leg had to be removed, he accepted the news in a brave manner. Osher is scheduled to return to the hospital for both physical therapy treatments and a fitting of a prosthetic leg.
"How long I've waited for this moment" said Osher's mother Iris, "even though he is coming out of the hospital without a leg, at least he is out of the Intensive Care Unit. You can't understand this feeling, I'm so excited and so is Osher and so is everyone else. And this whole amputation thing, he is still a child, but I think that he has come to terms with that."
According to Iris, the move to Ashdod was made on Osher's request.
"He didn't want to return to Sderot, and I completely understand him. We have rented an apartment near the marina and that is where we will be living." Iris says that Osher will have to repeat the 3rd grade, as "all of last year he didn't even study".
Iris explained that the family home in Sderot is still there: "I believe that in a year or two we will go back there, the situation would calm down and we will be able to go back. Sderot is the kind of place that you just can't leave behind; you can't find good people like that anywhere else. This ceasefire scares me because it feels like they are planning something worse."
Ashdod's Mayor Zvi Zilker said that he would be happy to welcome Osher in his office.
"We embrace him and his family, I am sorry for all those who leave Sderot, but this is not the case here; we will help him in any way we can," Zilker said.