Ariel Sharon Needs a 'Miracle' to Prevent Further Decline

Director of Sheba Medical Center says the former leader's health has deteriorated for sixth straight day.

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The condition of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has deteriorated for the sixth straight day, the head of the hospital treating him said on Monday, adding that while doctors managed to stabilize some of Sharon's bodily functions, several vital organs, including his kidneys, are still in a decline.

Prof. Zeev Rotstein, director general of Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, where Sharon is being treated, provided his daily update of the former premier's medical condition on Monday morning.

Israelis have been closely following reports about Sharon's deteriorating medical condition since last week, when his health took a turn for the worse.

Rotstein on Monday said that Sharon's heart rate and blood rate have stabilized, but there is a gradual decline in the functioning of some critical organs and systems.

"Another 24 hours have passed and the situation is clear to everyone," said Rotstein. "Despite his heart function being stabilized, we have not seen such stabilization in the functioning of the kidney, liver, lungs and other critical organs."

Rotstein added, "Unless there is a turn on the level of a miracle, his condition will get worse and worse from day to day. The threat to his life has not decreased; it may have even increased." Sharon also continues to be treated for the infection detected in his blood.

Sharon's sons and family remain by his side, and Rotstein said that the hospital staff has long worked with them "as a team."

"We are bombarded with suggestions for treatment from all over – whether it's traditional or alternative treatments. We discuss them and consult with the family," Rotstein said.

The health of Sharon, who was nicknamed "the Bulldozer" both for his style as a political and military leader and his figure, has been worsening since Wednesday.

The 85-year-old has been comatose since January 4, 2006, after a devastating stroke incapacitated him at the peak of his political power.

Former Israeli Prime Minster Ariel Sharon.Credit: Reuters

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