There is a ray of optimism as רפאל יצחק אייזיק בן מיכל opened his eyes in an ICU in Schneider Children’s Hospital and was able to communicate with doctors. According to a Ynet report, this occurred on Shabbos after doctors brought reduced the medication keeping him in a medically induced coma and connected to ECMO unit. Doctors asked him if he wanted a candy and he communicated he did.
Doctors point out however that despite the encouraging sign, the children, Refael and his brother חיים מיכאל remain in serious condition and the boys are far from being out of the life-threatening danger. Doctors add that when he is not in the medically induced coma he does hear but he did not speak or communicate definitively. When asked if he wants something he blinks his eyes, adding “this is far from seeing light at the end of the tunnel”.
Speaking to Kol Berama Radio on Sunday morning, 25 Shevat, R’ Shimie Gross explained that both his sons have responded to vocal stimulus B”H by squeezing his hand.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)