Doctors have reported a slight improvement in Ariel Sharon’s condition, and they say they will begin to wake up the Israeli prime minister from his artificially-induced coma on Monday.
Shlomo Mor Yossef, the director of the Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem, said:“Regarding the decision about the treatment until tomorrow morning, we will not change anything. Tomorrow we will gradually reduce the anaesthetic, so that we can evaluate the neurological state of the prime minister’s brain.”
There has been a reduction in blood pressure in Ariel Sharon’s skull, and his pulse is within the normal range.
Neurologist Zeev Feldman said:
“If he regains consciousness the fact that the left side of his brain is undamaged, as reported by the Hadassah team, will enable him to talk, to understand and to have memory functions.”
Sharon was hospitalised on Wednesday night when he suffered a massive stroke. He underwent several rounds of surgery to stem bleeding in his brain.
The 77-year-old was treated at the Hadassah hospital in December for a minor stroke. Doctors told him to diet and exercise more. The incident capped a stressful and turbulent political year.