JERUSALEM (Jul. 31)
Premier Menachem Begin’s condition continues to improve and he may be discharged from Hadassah Hospital at the end of this week, a medical bulletin said today. Dr. Silvan Lavie, head of the medical team that has been treating Begin for a minor stroke he suffered two weeks ago, said a series of tests made yesterday showed “significant progress” toward improving his eyesight. Begin’s vision was impaired by a small clot lodged in a blood vessel supplying his brain.
Begin conferred at length yesterday with Deputy Premier Yigael Yadin in his hospital room. The Premier’s press advisor, Shlomo Nakdimon, said he was looking well and was walking in his room. He has begun reading former President Richard Nixon’s autobiography, an indication that his vision has improved, Nakdimon noted. Nevertheless, Begin will need a period of rest at home before returning to work, his doctors said.