On Wednesday evening, 10-year-old Baruch Abadi of Modiin Illit (Kiryat Sefer) drowned in a swimming pool in the neighboring town of Matityahu.
After a successful resuscitation, Baruch was transported to the Asaf Harofeh hospital while under anesthesia and breathing for himself, but after a short while, the medical staff there proclaimed him dead.
A student at the Mesila Talmud Torah named Baruch was pulled unconscious from the sea and given CPR by United Hatzalah and MDA EMTs. He is survived by his mother, Simcha; his father, Rav Chaim Ariel Abadi, an Argentine immigrant; and his brothers.
The heroic attempts to save Baruch were reported by MDA medic Nati Rotter as follows: “The youngster was laying unconscious at the edge of the pool after the lifeguard hauled him out and tried resuscitation.
When his heart started to beat again, we continued the medical procedures, including breathing, chest compressions, and medications, and we put him in an emergency vehicle in a serious condition.
Despite the family’s concerns, police have not yet allowed Baruch’s body to be released for burial and are pressing for an autopsy. To allow the infant to be buried, Rabbi Asher Landau of the Abu Qabir Forensic Institute is working.
Isn’t it enough that we have already experienced such a horrific catastrophe, and now we must endure even more suffering? We beg the police to allow us to bury our child so that we can stop suffering.
The city of Modiin Illit has now experienced a second tragedy in the current Bein Hazmanim period. During a trip with his father and kids last week, Rabbi Binyamin Halevi Praga, 44, a local resident and educator, passed away from dehydration in a Jordan Valley stream.