Tal Koren-Yehoshua, wife of the Israeli Defense Ministry attache in India and a victim of a terrorist attack in New Delhi on Monday, was recovering at a New Delhi hospital on Wednesday after undergoing a series of operations on Tuesday to remove shrapnel from her spine. “She remembers everything and is asking a lot of questions about her condition,” her husband said.
In the attack in New Delhi on Monday, Koren was in her car at an intersection when a man on a motorcycle appeared from behind, attached a device to the her vehicle’s rear fender, and rode away. Seconds later a strong explosion shook the boulevard, wounding Koren in the blast.
Koren’s family will decide on Wednesday whether to travel to India or bring Koren home to Israel for further treatment. Koren’s family remained in their home in Kfar Haim, a village in central Israel, on Tuesday, waiting for updates concerning her condition. “Every time the telephone rings we jump,” Ido, Koren’s brother, said. Only a month and a half earlier, Koren and her husband attended Ido’s wedding.
“It was a miracle that Tal woke up after four hours of surgery. We could have been having this interview in more tragic circumstances. In this case, the situation thankfully ended differently, for the better,” Ido said. He added that one of Koren’s primary complaints was that she has no feeling in her leg, and doctors should know the extent of the damage within 48 hours.
Koren’s mother, Tzafira, said she was proud of her daughter. “She is a strong hero. It was very typical of her to act that way. That’s exactly how we raised her, to act courageously,” she said.
Koren’s friends from the embassy visited her in the hospital on Tuesday. “This is a difficult day for all of us, but she is an iron lady and will recover,” said David Goldfarb, the embassy’s communications manager. Koren’s embassy friends were also watching over her two children.
“Her oldest son is 13 and is exposed to all the reports and updates. He certainly asks questions and takes an interest in what is happening. He right away asked ‘Where is my mom? What happened to her?’ We tried to calm him down. He is experiencing this as we all are. The main thing is for Tal to feel better and be released from the hospital,” said Ido.
Two Israeli doctors flew to India on Tuesday to study Koren’s condition and provide assistance if needed.