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Former Israeli leader's condition deteriorates

Published January 2, 2014 6:43 am

Mideast • Ariel Sharon has been in hospital since 2006 after massive stroke.
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Jerusalem • The condition of comatose former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has taken a turn for the worse and is seriously deteriorating, Israeli media reported Wednesday.

Sharon, 85, has been hospitalized in a vegetative state since suffering a massive stroke in January 2006 while serving in office. He had been elected Israel's 11th prime minister in 2001.

Despite intense medical intervention, Sharon never regained consciousness.

Over the years, there has been no significant change in his condition, which showed brain activity and response to some stimuli though he was described as "minimally conscious" or in a "light coma."

The former leader was being treated at Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer near Tel Aviv, where a decline in his condition was noted in recent weeks.

Several weeks ago, he underwent surgery to stabilize his condition, but he has reportedly suffered renal failure and infection that could lead to overall organ failure.

Sharon's two sons, Omri and Gilad, tended to their father over the many years of his illness. Gilad was at his hospital bedside Wednesday evening as family consulted with medical experts, media reported.

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