Kfir Brigade combat soldier Yigal Chaim Legativi, a resident of Karmiel in the north who was critically wounded in a shooting attack in Hevron last October, got engaged last week.
Legativi was shot in the head by a 16-year-old Arab terrorist and left with critical injuries. He fought for his life for many long weeks, and after miraculously overcoming the life-threatening danger, he began the grueling stage of rehabilitation.
A party celebrating his survival that was held by his family last week also turned into an engagement party for the soldier, when he proposed to his girlfriend.
In an interview with Kikar Shabbat, Legativi expressed his thanks to the thousands who prayed for his recovery, and explained that his survival and recuperation was nothing short of a medical miracle in opposition to all the predictions of the doctors.
"My period in the hospitals was complicated. I was on artificial respiration and put to sleep with anesthetics at Hadassah Ein Kerem for a month and a half, afterwards I transferred for around two weeks to another department for intensive care," he recalled.
"Slowly I started to walk on my legs, (and) afterwards I transferred to regular rehabilitation in Tel Hashomer, and today thank God I am walking around like a normal person," he said.
Legativi noted that "when I returned home, my dad told me: 'great rabbis told me (that) thanks to you all keeping the shemitah (agricultural sabbatical year – ed.), with God's help you will pull through this and everything will be okay.' That was something that really encouraged the whole family, and gave great hope and a great strengthening."
Recalling the moment he regained consciousness, the young soldier said, "when I woke up in the hospital my family said to me 'you have no idea how many people were here to visit you and how many prayers they are praying for you all around the world.'"
"When I was put to sleep and on artificial respiration I had no idea how long I was in the hospital, I asked my family what I was even doing there…and then they told me that I was there for a whole month…I didn't understand how a month had passed, slowly I started to digest it all."
Describing his recovery, he said, "when I was in intensive care I would just see people and not be able to speak, I would signal to them with hand movements asking if they had laid tefilin (phylacteries – ed.) and those who signaled to me that they hadn't, I would signal to them to hurry and lay tefilin."
"In effect the entire period that I passed was characterized by general (spiritual) strengthening for me, my family and my friends, everyone was strengthened, also in observing the Shabbat."
"I live normally today other than the rehabilitation process that I'm supposed to go through," he said. "I want to thank the entire nation of Israel all around the world that prayed for my healing."