Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Update On Eitan Yehuda Ben Debbie

Tuesday. Day 23. Eitan has continued to make great progress in the hospital. He's been walking more and more (using a walker). He's able to eat on his own (only soft foods for now, but there are plenty of tasty things that are soft).

The feeding tube is gone. The last IV line is gone. The tracheotomy was removed. Each of these "removals" feels like a monumental step forward.

On shabbat we went to shul together in the hospital. Eitan asked for a Sidur, sang along to לכה דודי, davened שמונה עשרה, and asked if we could leave early. All signs of the good old Eitan coming back. Just a week earlier this seemed like such an impossible reality. I never really understood what tears of joy are. I mean I saw them in the movies, but it never really made sense that you could cry from something good. But standing under a טלית for ברכת כהנים with Eitan, less than three weeks after such a devastating injury, I understood what they are.

We are now leaving Hadassah Ein Karem and heading to Alyn to start Eitan's rehabilitation. There is not one doctor, nurse, or physiotherapist, who could have predicted that only three weeks after Eitan's injury we could be leaving the hospital and starting rehab. I can't stress how grateful we are to all of you for your unwavering support, your constant prayers, and your help with all things big and small. Don't doubt for a second that you are a big part of this incredible miracle.

Let me take a moment to thank the incredible staff at Hadassah Ein Karem hospital. They have been fantastic from a to z. No one should ever need them but if you do, this is the place to be.

Please continue to pray for the complete recovery of איתן יהודה בן דבי.

Debbie and Hillel Solow