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Sharon: second stroke

by: Shani Mizrahi, Ynetnews - Last updated: 2006-01-05

Ariel Sharon

Ariel Sharon

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is in serious condition and clinging to life following his second stroke. The PM is still under anesthesia and is being ventilated following a complex seven-hour operation, a Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital official said around 9:30am (Israel time) Thursday.

Sharon's brain hemorrhage was stopped and he was taken to the intensive care unit, Hadassah Director Shlomo Mor Yosef said, adding that the PM's vital signs are in order. The PM suffered a massive brain hemorrhageto Mor Yosef told reporters earlier.

"The prime minister is, of course, under anesthesia and being ventilated. We're talking about a severe stroke and a cerebral hemorrhage. We can say the situation is grave," he said.

Even in the most optimistic scenario, hospital sources said, Sharon is expected to stay at the intensive care unit for a long time and later move on to a lengthy rehabilitation period.

The surgery on Sharon started at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and continued throughout the night in an effort to drain the blood from the brain and seal off the blood vessels. Sharon was reportedly taken out of the operation room at 4:45 a.m. and taken for tests, before promptly being taken back into the room to stop additional hemorrhages.

Thursday morning, Government Secretary Yisrael Maimon left the hospital and reported Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's surgery continues.

Maimon refused to provide further details. Earlier, Sharon advisor Dov Weisglass left the hospital, and also refused to answer reporters' questions. Sharon's former personal physician Bolok Goldman also left without uttering a word.

Early Thursday, Sharon advisor Raanan Gissin told reported "the prime minister's surgery continues and according to reports by his personal physician is progressing in accordance with the doctors' expectations."

"We are talking about a fairly complex operation that may last several hours and a statement will be issued once it's over," he said.

Responding to a question about the decision not to airlift Sharon to hospital, Gissin responded: "I'm not holding an inquiry or dealing with speculations. The moment the surgery is over we'll examine this and provide all the information."

Sharon is suffering from a massive brain hemorrhage and is undergoing major surgery, Hadassah Ein Kerem Deputy Director Shmuel Shapira announced Wednesday night.

Earlier, Hospital Director Shlomo Mor Yosef told reporters the prime minister suffered a "significant stroke" and was being ventilated and anesthetized. Vice Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been designated as a temporary Sharon replacement and will assume the premiership duties for the time being.

Senior officials at the Prime Minister's Office said "the situation is difficult. We are praying the internal bleeding Sharon is suffering can be stopped. We're trying to maintain our optimism but the situation is not looking good."

One of the prime minister's aides told Ynet: "The situation is not good. We're tense. It isn't easy facing this situation. We're concerned."

Reproduced with permission: Ynetnews

Ronny Sofer, Efrat Weiss, Shani Mizrahi, Attila Somfalvi, and Meital Yasur-Beit Or contributed to the story