The tragic scene at Jerusalem's Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital on Wednesday morning was a reminder that the casualty figures resulting from terrorist attacks are not always what they seem.
We immediately mourn the deceased, while assuming the wounded will ultimately recover.
But, more often than not, the injuries suffered by even the "lightly" wounded become disabilities or sources of pain that will last a lifetime.
In the case of Hodaya Asulin, her injury eventually lead to her death.
Asulin was among the dozens injured when a Palestinian terrorist planted a bomb-laden backpack at a Jerusalem bus stop on March 23, 2011. That means she was among the dozens that news consumers assumed would be OK in the long-run.
Only 14-years-old at the time of the attack, Asulin spent the next six-and-a-half years in a coma, with family and friends keeping constant vigil and never losing hope that she'd one day return to them.
Asulin, now 20-years-old, finally succumbed to her six-year-old injuries and was declared dead on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued the following statement:
"I send condolences from the bottom of my heart to the family of Hodaya Asulin. The entire Israeli nation is embracing and supporting the family, which wrapped Hodaya in warmth and dedication since the terrible attack. May her memory forever remain blessed and ensconced in our hearts."
PHOTO: Stains of blood are seen at the site of the explosion were a bomb exploded in a bus in the center of Jerusalem, injuring 25 people, including Hodaya Asulin. (Abir Sultan / Flash90)
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