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Sharon's condition 'getting worse'

Published 03/01/2014 | 10:27

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Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has been in a coma for eight years (AP)

The condition of critically ill former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon is deteriorating further, doctors say.

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Dr Zeev Rotstein of Tel Hashomer hospital near Tel Aviv said today that Mr Sharon's life remains in danger. He says he is fighting and is not in pain.

The 85-year-old has been in a coma for eight years after a devastating stroke incapacitated him at the peak of his political power. He was reported in "critical condition" yesterday.

Dr Rotstein says "there is a slow and gradual deterioration," with doctors now seeing not only Mr Sharon's kidneys but other vital organs malfunctioning as well.

He was one of Israel's most celebrated and controversial figures. A prominent hard-line voice over the decades, he was elected prime minister in 2001.


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