Skip to comments.'Post' reporter Erik Schechter wounded in bus bombing
Posted on 01/29/2004 7:26:41 PM PST by yonif
Jerusalem Post military correspondent Erik Schechter suffered moderate wounds in Thursday morning's suicide bombing, having boarded the No. 19 bus just moments before the explosion.
In Schechter's case, "moderate" wounds are a broken left knee and a severed vein in the calf below it; puncture wounds in his right leg and back, from slices of metal packed into the explosives; a broken shoulder suffered on impact when the blast threw him from one part of the bus to another; lungs and spleen contused by the force of the explosion; and singed eyebrows from the blistering heat.
After patching together his severed vein, inserting a metal screw to hold his knee together, removing the shrapnel, and stabilizing him, Schechter's doctors at Shaare Zedek Hospital said that he "got off easy" relative to so many of the other victims of the attack.
He is lucky, they told his parents and they didn't even know the half of it.
Like so many Israelis, Schechter's list of "near misses" was growing long.
In November, he had just arrived at his Istanbul hotel when the first of two terror bombings ripped through the street just outside his window. He was lucky again when, crossing the Turkish border with northern Iraq only days afterward, his jokes encouraged the Iraqi guards not to harm him despite his Israeli passport.
On several occasions during his service as a tank driver in 2002, Schechter watched Hizbullah spotters train their sights on his tank, positioned along the Lebanese border.
Home on leave in March of the same year, he changed at the last minute his plans to stop by the Moment Cafe, just before the devastating bombing there. Schechter met briefly with family and friends after several hours of surgery on Thursday and then sedatives carried him off to sleep. Doctors say he'll be running around again in six months.