Sharon needs ‘miracle’ to stop deterioration, doctor says


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The condition of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon continues to deteriorate as his organs slowly shut down.

“Unless there is a turn on the level of a miracle, his condition will get worse and worse from day to day,” Dr. Zeev Rotstein, director general of Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv, said Monday. “The threat to his life has not decreased; it may have even increased.”

In addition to multiple organ failure, Sharon is suffering from a blood infection, according to the doctor.

Sharon’s family was called to his side last week, when his medical condition began deteriorating and doctors reportedly gave him days to live. His condition is listed as critical.

Rotstein on Sunday at his daily media briefing called Sharon “a true lion.” Sharon is no longer receiving kidney dialysis due to his condition.

Sharon, 85, has been in a coma-like state since he had a major stroke in January 2006. With the exception of a short furlough to his ranch in Israel’s Negev Desert, Sharon has remained at Sheba since his stroke.

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