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Tests reveal Sharon brain activity

Published 28/01/2013|04:40

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Scientists say new tests on former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon show significant brain activity

New tests on comatose former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon show significant brain activity.

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Mr Sharon, 84, responded to external stimuli at Soroka Hospital in Beersheba, said a team of scientists from Ben-Gurion University.

He was shown pictures of his family and listened to recordings of his son's voice while undergoing a special brain imaging scan.

The university said "significant brain activity was observed ... indicating appropriate processing of these stimulations".

However, Mr Sharon remains in a deep coma.

Mr Sharon led Israel from 2001 until suffering a stroke in 2006. Since then he has been in a vegetative state, connected to a respirator.

Mr Sharon was a military officer who fought in three wars before entering politics.

He unilaterally withdrew Israeli troops and settlers from Gaza in 2005.

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