Adele Biton, an Israeli girl critically wounded in a Palestinian stone-throwing attack in March 2013 at the age of two, died on Tuesday of complications related to her injuries.
Little Adele suffered severe head injuries while driving with her mother and two of her siblings to their home in Samaria. An ambush by Palestinian Arab stone-throwers caused their vehicle to swerve into incoming traffic and slam headfirst into a large truck.
But it wasn’t the car accident that left Adele in a near-vegetative state. Investigations into the attack revealed that she had been struck square in the forehead by one of the large stones hurled at their car.
After the attack, Adele spent 18 months in and out of hospitals, undergoing numerous surgeries and endless rehabilitation to regain rudimentary use of her hands and other faculties.
She was finally released to home care in August of last year. Adele returned to the hospital last week after catching pneumonia. Doctors said her condition deteriorated rapidly as her still severely damaged body was unable to cope with the infection.
Following Adele’s death late Tuesday evening, Economy Minister Naftali Bennett posted the following to Facebook:
“There are no words. Adele Biton, who was injured by rock throwing at the tender age of two, passed away today at the age of four. Any people whose heroes are the murderers of children will never have a state.”