After undergoing several complex surgeries over the weekend, soccer referee Niv Steif woke up Sunday morning at Rambam Hospital. Senior officials of the referees' union were already at Steif's bedside and visited him over the weekend.
Steif, who was seriously wounded on Monday on the Lebanese border while at an outpost and was hit by an anti-tank missile, underwent several surgeries and is now in moderate condition. He is hospitalized in the intensive care unit, with his father, former judge Shmuel Steif, who still serves in the judges' union at his bedside. Throughout the weekend, many judges and Steif's friends came to the hospital, waiting for him to wake up from his surgeries. The young and promising judge was seriously injured in several parts of his body, but the judges' union is crossing its fingers and praying that he will be able to recover over time and after a long rehabilitation he will even be able to return to judging.
We pray to see him judge again. Niv Steif/Shlomi Gabbay
Steif was in some parts of the war in the southern part of the war and was wounded when he was transferred to duty on the northern border. The referees' union has a number of judges and assistant referees who have been in reserve since the first day of the war, including in combat positions on the front. The union's chairman, Giora Inbar, who himself and at his age volunteers and serves in the reserves not far from where Steif was wounded on the northern border, also arrived this morning to visit the judge at Rambam Hospital.
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