Ariel Sharon is being brought out of an artificially induced coma today. The Israeli prime minister has been in Jerusalem’s Hadassah hospital since suffering a major stroke on Wednesday. He has undergone repeated surgery to try to stem bleeding in his brain.
A scan on Sunday showed reduced swelling, prompting doctors to decide to bring Sharon out of the coma.
While surgeons believe there is a good chance the elderly leader will survive, they say it is highly unlikely he will return to politics.
Doctors will be assessing the extent of brain damage he has suffered. They say it could range from physical and mental impairment to spending the rest of his life in a permanent vegetative state. Seventy-seven year old Sharon already suffered a minor stroke last month but returned to work within days.