Shimon Shiran, 57, who was gravely wounded in a suicide bombing at a Haifa restaurant in 2002, has died. The seventh anniversary of the terror attack at the Matza eatery will be marked Sunday.
Shiran sustained head wounds and remained hospitalized in serious condition ever since the attack. His 17-year-old daughter, Adi, was killed in the bombing, while his wife, Hili, was also hurt but recovered since.
On the day of the attack, Shiran – an engineer and owner of a plastics company – went to lunch with his family at the Haifa restaurant. A suicide bomber detonated himself in the eatery while it was packed with visitors, killing 14 people on the spot. Another person died several days later and more than 40 people were wounded in the attack.
Shiran was hospitalized at Haifa's Rambam hospital for a long period, and later was transferred to a rehabilitation facility. His family members were alongside him throughout this period, while also taking care of their wounded mother.
"During the rehabilitation period there was a peak – a period where he was able to walk, eat on his own, and reply to questions – yet ever since then, the situation deteriorated," Shiran's son, Eyal, told Ynet.
The bereaved son added that when it comes to terror attacks, Israeli society tends to focus on the dead, while forgetting the wounded.
"The dead no longer feel anything; the wounded are the ones who bear the scars and pain, and they're forgotten," he said. "There are many such people, and we saw them over the years in the wing where our father was hospitalized."
Shimon Shiran will be laid to rest Sunday at 2:30 pm at the Haifa cemetery. He is survived by his mother, Sylvia, his wife, and two children.