Ariel Sharon's condition 'deteriorating'

Ariel Sharon's condition 'deteriorating'
Ariel Sharon in 2003

The condition of critically ill former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon is deteriorating further, doctors say.

Dr Zeev Rotstein of Tel Hashomer hospital near Tel Aviv said today that Mr Sharon’s life remains in danger. He says he is fighting and is not in pain.

The 85-year-old has been in a coma for eight years after a devastating stroke incapacitated him at the peak of his political power.

He was reported in “critical condition” yesterday.

Dr Rotstein says “there is a slow and gradual deterioration,” with doctors now seeing not only Mr Sharon’s kidneys but other vital organs malfunctioning as well.

He was one of Israel’s most celebrated and controversial figures. A prominent hard-line voice over the decades, he was elected prime minister in 2001.

More on this topic

Saudi princes' detentions sent a message: don't block my path to the throneSaudi princes' detentions sent a message: don't block my path to the throne

UK Supreme Court refuses bid by Dubai ruler to block publication of judgmentsUK Supreme Court refuses bid by Dubai ruler to block publication of judgments

British court of appeal dismisses Dubai ruler’s challenge to publication of judgmentsBritish court of appeal dismisses Dubai ruler’s challenge to publication of judgments

EU rejects Donald Trump's Middle East planEU rejects Donald Trump's Middle East plan


More in this Section

Study provides ‘vital insights’ into best time to treat Huntington’s diseaseStudy provides ‘vital insights’ into best time to treat Huntington’s disease

Police called to ‘party’ at Tory MP’s house – reportsPolice called to ‘party’ at Tory MP’s house – reports

Coronavirus: Biden labels Trump a ‘fool’ over face masksCoronavirus: Biden labels Trump a ‘fool’ over face masks

Man arrested over fatal arson attack at Kyoto anime studioMan arrested over fatal arson attack at Kyoto anime studio


Lifestyle

These jammy thumbprint cookies are dangerously moreish.Jammy thumbprint cookies recipe

You don’t need a fancy home gym to stay fit and healthy.7 tips for working out in small spaces at home

Greenhouses, dragons, and ludicrously large hats.5 ways restaurants around the world are getting creative with social distancing

Cheap doesn’t always have to mean nasty and with olive oil in just about everyone’s cupboards these days it’s worth seeing what the cheapest is like.Liquid gold: Eight low-cost olive oils put to the taste test

More From The Irish Examiner