Ariel Sharon's Doctors Say He Is Clinging to Life, 'Fighting Like a Lion'

Medical team says there is no way the former prime minister will overcome the current crisis.

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Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, in a coma since a 2006 stroke, is clinging to life after his condition took a turn for the worse last week, the head of the hospital treating him said on Sunday.

Sharon was fighting like a "true lion," director general of Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Prof. Zeev Rotstein told reporters. But he added: "Our general assessment is there is no way to overcome this crisis ... I am perhaps more pessimistic than I was before."

The health of Sharon, who had been comatose for over eight years, took a turn for the worse last week. On Thursday, Rotstein had said Sharon was in critical condition.

Sharon, 85, is hospitalized in Tel Hashomer hospital outside Tel Aviv, and has been comatose since January 4, 2006, when he suffered a brain hemorrhage.

A source with knowledge of Sharon's condition said Wednesday that if his health continues to deteriorate, it would be "a matter of days" until he passes away. The source said that Sharon's family is currently by his bed and holding consultations with medical staff.

Sharon has been comatose in the hospital for the past eight years. He has been getting medical care, and receiving fluids through a feeding tube.

The hospital director Zeev Rotstein talks with journalists during a press conference at the Tel Hashomer hospital where former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has been housed in a comatose state.Credit: AFP

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