Hospital director: Sharon battling against all odds
Hospital director-general says Sharon's circulatory system has stabilized, but other systems still failing • Sharon's condition has been stable since Saturday, but hospital director says it's "hard to be optimistic."
Israel Hayom Staff
Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
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Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is still in critical condition fighting for his life, the Sheba Medical Center reported Sunday morning, four days after announcing Sharon's rapidly deteriorating health and two days since the last update on his condition.
"We've succeeded in stabilizing his heart and circulatory system," said Sheba's director-general, Professor Zeev Rotstein. "We still have not been able to stabilize other systems in his body. As we said in the last update, he is suffering from multiple system failure. There's no doubt that the battle Arik [Sharon] is waging is a true battle against all odds.
"We are continuing to administer the treatment we started on the urinary system, which has yet to return to normal. As I was asked, it would be hard to say I am optimistic this morning, maybe even more pessimistic than I was before because of the clinical details we've received, and because of my many years treating people in such situations, and his deteriorating condition the last few days. The doctors treating him are giving him all they have."
Rotstein said laboratory results showed the former prime minister was suffering from a blood infection, and was being treated with antibiotics, he said.
"His heart rate is steady today. His condition over the last 12 hours has remained stable given his system failures, which does not, I must be honest, make me very optimistic ... His condition has stabilized because [Sharon] is such a lion," Rotstein said.
Sharon was hospitalized eight years ago in 2006 following a stroke. He had suffered a mild stroke a few weeks earlier and had been hospitalized at Hadassah's Ein Karem hospital in Jerusalem.