Ariel Sharon has successfully undergone an emergency operation to remove part of his large intestine after his health suddenly deteriorated. Shlomo Mor-Yosef, his doctor at Jerusalem’s Haddassah hospital, says he is not in any immediate danger and is now in a serious but stable condition.He was only given a slim chance of survival after a large swelling of his abdomen was discovered. It turned out to be a problem with his digestive tract. Mor-Yosef says this latest operation does not enhance his overall chance of recovering because his lack of consciousness remains the biggest problem. After suffering a massive stroke in January, Sharon, 77, was put into a medically-induced coma. Doctors later tried without success to rouse him. Earlier this month they inserted a feeding tube in his stomach in preparation for possible transfer to a long-term care facility, underscoring medical experts’ beliefs that he would never recover. Sharon suffered his brain haemorrhages at a crucial juncture in Israeli politics. He was fighting for re-election at the head of the new Kadima party on a promise to end conflict with the Palestinians. His death would almost certainly leave Ehud Olmert, named interim prime minister after Sharon’s stroke, in charge until elections in six weeks time.
Sharon has successful emergency surgery