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Gives Birth To  A Baby Girl, Ela

Hofit Chayat wife of Danny

Gives Birth To A Baby Girl, Ela

December 28, 2010

The widow of a firefighter killed in the Carmel forest fire has given birth to a baby girl.

Danny Hayat, 35, was one of three firefighters who rushed to pull prison guards from a bus that was engulfed in flames while speeding to a prison in the path of the historic blaze earlier this month. Thirty-eight of the passengers on board were burned to death.

Hayat died two weeks after the fire, after undergoing two skin grafts while remaining in an induced coma.

Hayat''s wife, Hofit, gave birth to her baby daughter, the couple''s third child, on Monday at the Emek Hospital in Afula.

"Danny courageously fought the fire in an heroic attempt to save the Prison Service bus," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in the hours after Danny Hayat''s death. "My wife and I visited him in hospital. We met his wife, Hofit, who is due to give birth. We met his parents, Motti and Batsheva, and we discovered a strong, united and brave family. Despite all the prayers and the efforts, Danny passed away. Our hearts -- the government''s and the nation''s -- are with the Hayat family."

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