Fifteen-year-old Eden Dadon was anxiously awaiting the performance in Israel of Lali Esposito, an internationally famous Argentine actress and singer – but then she was seriously wounded in the Hamas bus bombing in Jerusalem on Monday.
Dadon had already bought tickets two months ago for Esposito's show next week, but she was among the 15 victims wounded in southeastern Jerusalem by the bomb attack earlier this week, erasing her chances of seeing Esposito.
The girl is hospitalized at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital's emergency treatment unit where she is on artificial respiration and is put to sleep on anesthetics. Her mother Racheli, who was with her on the bus and was lightly wounded in the attack, is constantly by her side praying for her recovery.
But in a heart-warming move at the initiative of Yedioth Aharonoth, the international star who is famous in Israel from the TV show Casi Angeles and other works sent a video message of encouragement to her young fan and terror victim.
The family had asked for Esposito to visit Eden, but since she wasn't able to reach the hospital, she sent a video message which was published by Yedioth Aharonoth on Friday.
"Hello Eden, this is Lali, I'm sending you a big big kiss," Esposito said in her video message in Spanish.
"I think you must understand something in Spanish, because I understand that you are a fan of mine and all the works I took part in. I want to thank you from my whole heart for all the love," continued the Argentine star.
"Everyone came to me in order to speak about you and how you're a devoted fan. Let there be no doubt, the next time I come to Israel you will be in the front row, enjoying the performance. I love you, kisses."
The Dadon family was very moved by the video message, and played it for Eden who is still asleep under anesthetics.
"She understands and reads Spanish," said Eden's cousin Riki Ohana. "The moment we showed her the video she heard it, she felt, she understood, her pulse went up. It was a moving moment."
"Eden has been a fan of Lali for seven years, and she was counting down the minutes to the concert," added Ohana.
Eden's mother Racheli asked to thank Esposito for the support, saying, "thanks to Lali, the sweetheart. Eden really loves you, and she will understand every word you said in the video you sent."
An update of the victims from the bombing attack was given on Thursday by Prof. Avi Rivkind, director of Hadassah Ein Kerem's trauma ward.
"In the emergency breathing treatment unit three wounded are hospitalized from the bus attack. They were seriously wounded in their breathing passages, and are still put to sleep and on artificial respiration, although their status is stable and they are not in life-threatening danger," said the doctor.