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Brooklyn, NY - Gail Sassoon Discharged From Hospital Following Massive Home Fire That Killed Her Seven Children

Published on: June 28, 2015 12:40 PM
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FILE - Gabriel Sassoon reacts near the fresh graves of his seven children during thier funeral in Jerusalem on March 23, 2015. Flash90FILE - Gabriel Sassoon reacts near the fresh graves of his seven children during thier funeral in Jerusalem on March 23, 2015. Flash90

Brooklyn, NY - After three months in the hospital, Mrs. Gail (Gilah) Sassoon, who lost seven children in the fire that engulfed her home in March, was released on Friday and is recovering at her mother-in-law’s home in Brooklyn.

The family has never gone back to their old house since that tragic evening, according a report on Kol-Berama (http://bit.ly/1fYAQ13 ).

The day is a bittersweet one for the family, her husband, Gabriel, acknowledges. Gail is happy to be home, he said, and will continue her treatments on an outpatient basis. She still needs rehabilitation to learn how to improve her walking and the use of her hands.

Though it is difficult, Gabriel says he fights the instinct to wallow in a depression. “We are able to cry about them [the children] with love and then be happy, instead of crying about them and missing them and being depressed,” the bereaved father said. “So, I and my wife are trying to make our missing them for something better, to remember the love and the joy that we have. Through this, it’s possible to change the situation from something negative to something positive.”

Calling his wife, “very strong,” Gabriel said, “My wife has a lot of faith. I wonder at how she’s looking forward and looking to build up the future.” Mr. Sassoon said getting through all the Jewish holidays without the children is tough, but “we go on, there is no choice not to. Every day I force myself again to go through the rest of the day.”

Faith in God has helped the family to heal, he said. “It’s hard to explain, but when we reached that bridge, we walked through it. You never know what will happen but God helps at the moment. Thank God we have a proper perspective for the future, not looking back. Instead, remembering all the joy from our children – that strengthens us.”


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 Jun 28, 2015 at 01:52 PM sissel613 Says:

So happy she is home but my heart just breaks for their losses. It is unfathomable. Their faith is truly remarkable and hope it will keep them in good stead for the rest of their lives. Does anyone know the status of the remaining child?

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 Jun 28, 2015 at 02:18 PM mark meyer appel Says:

We could all learn from Gavriels emuna may Hashem give him the means and koach to rebuilt his life

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 Jun 28, 2015 at 02:54 PM Aron1 Says:

"Seven of her eight children" would be more accurate. BH there's a child that survived. Show that she still counts.

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 Jun 28, 2015 at 03:01 PM Anonymous Says:

Owner of the house should be prosecuted for involuntary manslaughter

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 Jun 28, 2015 at 04:08 PM Anonymous Says:

What's with the one daughter that did survive? How is she doing?

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 Jun 28, 2015 at 07:38 PM Bunim1 Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

Owner of the house should be prosecuted for involuntary manslaughter

When you say something this stupid, show your name and don't be a afraid!

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 Jun 28, 2015 at 10:14 PM Anonymous Says:

Did you show your name? Why is what I said stupid? Because you disagree with it? Nobody takes responsibility for their actions. Someone needs to be held accountable in this case. It's the law to have working smoke detectors and they didn't; therefore they broke the law. Children are not expected to be responsible to ensuring smoke alarms are in place. That falls onto the homeowner/parents. This was an easily avoidable situation but due to the parents inexcusable behavior it turned into a deadly situation

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 Jun 28, 2015 at 10:24 PM Balaboos Says:

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Aron1 Says:

"Seven of her eight children" would be more accurate. BH there's a child that survived. Show that she still counts.

And who exactly is it who stepped down and made you boss to make such a stupid comment???

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 Jun 29, 2015 at 09:22 AM Enough Already Says:

The anger and frustration at the loss of life is real, and in some ways understandable, but we all must move forward and learn from this tragedy. WORKING SMOKE DETECTORS thru out the house and ABC RATED FIRE EXTINGUISHERS in every house and apartment. Additionally the MUST BE AN ESCAPE PLAN if fire were to break out. Each family member should know it and given responsibility to check to see that everyone gets out safely. The dangers of fire cannot be taken lightly and dismissed. Awareness and Prevention is where it all starts. Thank you!

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 Jun 29, 2015 at 10:51 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Owner of the house should be prosecuted for involuntary manslaughter

Perhaps your choice of silence might not indicate your intellect, but your having written this certainly professes for your serious lack of it. The responsibility of placing smoke alarms falls on the resident. Mistakes happen, and they are sometimes tragic, as was in this situation. Your comment indicates that you are bloodthirsty, and that trait is abominable. Had you been a slip and fall attorney, and you were advocating suing someone to make money, I might understand this passion. It would be immoral, but then so many lawyers justify the most immoral due to their greed. But you are not even that, and only seeking prosecution. What a disgrace. What a shame that stupid people cannot be sued for inflicting their stupidity on others. Go learn something about morality.

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