Bat-El Amar, the mother of the seven-month-old baby who was injured in Friday’s Qassam rocket attack on Kibbutz Karmiya, south of Ashkelon, said “what worries me the most is the uncertainty – what will become of my baby, or will he even remember who his mother is.”
Osher Amar sustained moderate head wounds when a Qassam struck his family’s cara-villa (luxury mobile home) in the kibbutz.
The wounded infant was evacuated to the Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva and immediately rushed into the trauma unit. Doctors sedated the infant, who also underwent a CT scan.
Bat-El Amar The baby's mother suffered from anxiety and was taken to hospital as well.
Osher’s father and uncle, who sustained light injuries in the attack, are currently being treated at Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon.
Dr. Tamar Bernstein of the Soroka Medical Center said the baby’s condition has improved over the Sabbath.
“He arrived here fully conscious with signs of wounds to his skull, brain hemorrhaging and an injury to his left eye. An examination indicated that the level of bleeding has decreased. The fact that the baby arrived in a conscious state and remains conscious is encouraging,” she said.
“It’s hard to say how long he will remain hospitalized. We will have to reassess his condition daily.”
‘It’s all ruined now’
Bat-El Amar works as a kindergarten teacher at the mobile home site, and due to the repeated Qassam attacks on the area she prefers to keep the kindergarten activities confined to a secure shelter.
“I keep telling the parents to protect their children,” she said.
“I told them I was afraid to take the kids out of the shelter. In the end a Qassam hit me, my room and my baby.”
Osher was outside the mobile home when the Qassam landed and was flung into the air from the explosion and was injured from the collapsing ceiling and the fall.
“We rented the mobile home just recently as my husband works for a company that builds mobile home sites,” Bat-El.
“Everything was new, and now it is all ruined. These Qassams are a disaster; they can end a life. I don’t know where I’ll return to once I leave here (hospital).”