Chances for Improvement in Rabbi Ovadia Yosef's Condition 'Very Low'

All four of the Shas spiritual leader's sons spent the Simhat Torah holiday at their father's side, hospitalized at Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital.

Yair Ettinger
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The chances for a significant improvement in Rabbi Ovadia Yosef's health are very low, Professor Dan Gilon, who is treating the Shas spiritual leader, said Thursday.

Gilon, the head of the cardiology department at Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem. Gilon, commented on Yosef's health on Thursday evening, after the Simhat Torah holiday.

Yosef was anesthetized and fitted with a respirator on Monday, as many of his bodily systems are having trouble functioning, including his liver and his kidneys.

"The holiday passed and the rabbi did not experience any significant changes, his condition is very serious, though stable," said Gilon.

Nevertheless, Gilon said that "the chances for a big recovery are very low. The combination of the diseases present in his body, his age, and the problems that began earlier this week make for a continuous danger, which is never far off any small improvement is good, but any small turn for the worse can be very bad."

All four of Yosef's sons spent the holiday at the hospital with their father, along with Shas chairman MK Aryeh Deri.

Rabbi David Yosef, one of his sons, said after the holiday that "I can say that his condition is stable, and it won't be in a day or two, it will take time, but we're full of hope that he will get better. We're praying nonstop. All of the sons, four sons, were at his side during the holiday along with Rabbi Aryeh Deri. We prayed a great deal, and we had a very difficult Simhat Torah. We're hoping for mercy from heaven.

People praying in the corridors of Hadassah hospital, where Rabbi Ovadia Yosef is hospitalized. Credit: Emil Salman

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