Thursday, January 05, 2006

Israeli PM enters 8th hour of surgery after suffering serious stroke

Ariel Sharon was admitted to hospital in Jerusalem last night after suffering a second stroke in three weeks. A spokesman for the hospital said that the Israeli prime minister had experienced a "significant" stroke, following the mild one that required hospital treatment on Dec 18.



There were unconfirmed reports that Mr Sharon, 77, had suffered paralysis of his lower body. Officials said the 77-year-old leader was unconscious and had experienced a "massive" brain haemorrhage. Dr Shlomo Mor-Yosef, director of Hadassah Hospital, told reporters at the hospital on Wednesday night that Mr Sharon had "massive bleeding".

The Israeli leader's powers have been transferred to his deputy Ehud Olmert.

A small press conference held at the hospital (o5:15 GMT) confirmed that the PM would remain in surgery for at least the next few hours and that 'his brain has not yet stopped bleeding'

More details
here ( BBC windows media video)

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