“Leggless, but alive.” The story of a football player and a student

“Leggless, but alive.”  The story of a football player and a student

Football player and student. Six months ago they were in Venice where, on a gondola, Ben Benjamin, 29, a player for the Israeli club Kiryat Yam, asked his young partner, Gali Segal, to marry him amid red roses, an engagement ring and touching looks. Life together, as happened about a month ago, on October 7, when the two were with a group of friends at the music festival that was the scene of the Hamas massacre. Both of them were beaten by terrorists, and they survived but had one of their right limbs amputated. In the last days, they walked out of the hospital to the embrace and applause of doctors and nurses, smiling, confused, moving towards life. This may not have been exactly what they had planned, but the awareness of being survivors was evident in their lives. eyes. They will now continue their rehabilitation in Tel Aviv.

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“The terrorists threw grenades at us and then gunshots,” said the player, who plays in the Israeli fourth division.

It was their family members who reached them and transferred them to Hillel Yaffe Hospital in Hadera. “I was in a group of 40 people taking shelter in a bunker and the terrorists threw grenades at us – he testified to the Jerusalem Post – I saw a lot of terrible things, one body after another, including body parts. It’s hard for me to comprehend what we’ve been through and what I’m going through personally. “It’s hard to end my career like this, but there are more important things in life.”

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The defender, who is also a businessman, was an experienced player at lower levels and spent several seasons in the second division (Liga Leumit) with Hapoel Acre, Hapoel Nof Hagalil or MS. Kafr Kassem. The 25-year-old partner is studying architecture. Recently, while they were in Italy, the two young men traveled from Venice to Sicily, then to Greece, Berlin, Amsterdam, and the Sinai Desert. Adventure experiences but also holidays, always close, embraced, with big plans in the heart.

Flags and holidays

Now, he with the crutch, and her with the walker, they left the hospital after a month where they were saved thanks to the extreme choice of amputation. Among the Palestinian flags raised by doctors and emotional relatives. “You are brave, together you will succeed,” they said to encourage the couple. She, Gally, posted an Instagram story yesterday: It says 31 days, you see a group of children huddled together, and you can see the injured, their legs bandaged to stop the blood. The terror remained imprinted in their souls and bodies. But Ghali in her story immediately thinks about the disappearance of her friend Shani.

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