Riham Dawabshe, 26, the mother of 18-month old Ali who was killed in the infamous settler arson attack on her home in a remote Palestinian village five weeks ago, died Sunday night from injuries sustained in the firebombing. Riham had third degree burns on 90-percent of her body, and has been in a coma and on a ventilator since the July 31st attack.
Hers is the third death in the attack: Riham’s husband Sa’ad, 32, died last month while being cared for in an Israeli hospital.
The only survivor of the family, Ahmad, 4, has second degree burns on 60-percent of his skin and is improving.
Saturday, while receiving treatment at Tel Hashomer hospital, the largest medical facility in the Middle East, an infection in grafted skin spread throughout Riham’s body. Her organs began shutting down, her brother-in-law Nasser Dawabshe told me, speaking over telephone from her bedside.“Only her heart was working,” Nasser said. Hospital staff then notified Riham’s family of her deteriorating condition, and assisted in arranging travel permits for the West Bank relatives into Israel.
Riham has already undergone several skin implant operations. Another grafting surgery was scheduled for Monday.
Speaking to Wattan TV, a Palestinian health official who visited Riham confirmed Saturday the injured Palestinian mother was experiencing hypertension and organ failure.
Back in Duma, the West Bank hamlet where the Dawabshe family lives friends and relatives had already gathered at the home of Riham’s mother over the weekend, in expectation of news that her daughter has passed.
Riham will be buried in Duma alongside her husband and youngest son.