Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Taken Off Respirator After 11 Days

The Shas spiritual leader's condition remains very serious, but according to doctors, 'the fact that we were able to remove the breathing tube is a good sign.'

Yair Ettinger
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The day after he regained consciousness, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef on Thursday was taken off of a respirator, which had been helping him to breath for the past 11 days.

According to Professor Dan Gilon, the cardiologist treating Yosef at Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem, the rabbi remains in serious condition.

Gilon did have good news, however. "The breathing tube was removed, in order to allow the rabbi to try breathing on his own. In the meantime it seems not bad. The rabbi has fully regained consciousness, and is communicating, with some difficulty, due to the fact that there was a breathing tube in his vocal chords.

"But he definitely is aware of his surroundings, responds to stimuli, and has been able to communicate," continued Gilon.

"This is experimental," continued the professor. "We must wait and see over the next few hours, and the next couple of days at least, to see what happens. There is a good chance that the breathing tube will need to be reinserted. We will do everything we can to avoid this, but it if it is necessary, it won’t be a disaster. This condition is not uncommon, but the fact that we were able to remove the breathing tube is a good sign."

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef is facing a host of medical problems, including kidney failure, heart problems, blood pressure problems and infections.

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.Credit: Pierre Torgman
Thousands pray for Rabbi Ovadia Yosef at Or Hachaim Yeshiva in Jerusalem. Credit: Olivier Fitoussi

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