'Barring miracle, things will only get worse by the day'
Doctors treating former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon say they had only partial success in stabilizing organs • Hospital chief: "The ongoing decline continues, although it is very incremental" • Situation is still considered life-threatening.
Israel Hayom Staff
Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon went into a coma in 2006, some three years into his second term
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Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's condition is still life-threatening, Sheba Medical Center Director-General Professor Zeev Rotstein told the media on Monday.
Rotstein noted that the threat of multiple organ failure still exists, although Sharon's heart indicators have somewhat improved. "The ongoing decline continues, although it is very incremental," Rotstein said. "His deterioration has plateaued slightly." According to Rotstein, doctors have managed to treat his blood infection with antibiotics, and it was "under control." But, Rotstein cautioned, "Barring some sort of miracle, things will only get worse by the day."
Sharon's condition significantly worsened last Wednesday as a result of kidney failure, some eight years after a major stroke placed him in a coma. Sharon is 85 years old.
In January 2013, a functional magnetic resonance imaging scan indicated significant brain activity when Sharon was shown pictures of his family members. Their voices triggered a similar response. According to the American and Israeli experts who carried out the procedure, Sharon may be capable of some sensory perception. Several months later, in September, he underwent stomach surgery to treat an inflammation caused by his feeding tube.