Friday, January 06, 2006

Sharon's brain may be damaged

From Ynet News First Published: 01.05.06, 22:56 Latest Update: 01.05.06, 23:12 (with VIDEO) ...

Hospital source offers grim prognosis, but Hadassah Ein Kerem director qualifies remarks, says Sharon's condition cannot be determined as long as he's anesthetized. PM said to be in stable condition, may be anesthetized for days
Meital Yasur-Beit Or

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered extensive brain damage, a source at Jerusalem's Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital estimated Thursday evening, but the hospital's director qualified the remarks, saying the implications of Sharon's stroke would only be determined once the prime minister's condition improves

Sharon may now spend several days anesthetized, before doctors attempt to rouse him on Sunday.

Hadassah Director Mor Yosef refused to predict Sharon's chances of recovery, but noted the prime minister suffered damage to his right lobe. The PM's reaction to various forms of stimulus cannot be examined because he is still under anesthesia and being ventilated, Mor Yosef said, but added Sharon's pupils were reacting well to tests.

...The fact Sharon's pupils are reacting properly is an encouraging sign, said Dr. Avi Cohen, who heads the Department of Neurosurgery at Be'er Sheva's Soroka hospital....adding that a hemorrhage on the right side of the brain may cause harm to the left side of Sharon's body.

Mor Yosef told reporters Thursday evening that Sharon is currently being treated in the Neurosurgery intensive care unit and has remained in a stable condition since the afternoon.

... Meanwhile, concerned foreign and local well-wishers continue to call the hospital and express their support for the prime minister in the hopes he fully recovers from the massive stroke...

Efrat Weiss and Ronny Sofer contributed to the story

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