Former Israeli President Shimon Peres Remains Hospitalized in Serious Condition Two Days After Stroke

Peres' bureau says his condition did not change overnight, further consultations with doctors expected later in the day.


Former President Shimon Peres' bureau said on Thursday morning that his condition remained much the same overnight, two days after he suffered a massive stroke.

Peres, 93, was rushed to Tel Hashomer hospital late Tuesday day after suffering a massive stroke, and on Wednesday, his doctors said that while his condition remains serious, it has improved.

As of Thursday morning, there was no change in Peres' condition and he continued to receive the medical treatment ordered by his doctors, his bureau said. Further consultations with the doctors are expected later in the day.

Shimon Peres' personal doctor and son-in-law, Prof. Rafi Walden, updates the press about the former president's condition on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.
Moti Milrod

When taken off of medication on Wednesday morning for a medical examination, Peres "woke up, opened his eyes, and understood what we told him. He followed our instructions even better than the previous test," according to Prof. Ze'ev Feldman, a member of the neurosurgical team treating the nonagenarian statesman. After the examination, Peres was put back into a coma to allow him to rest

"The recuperation process is currently a natural one [by the brain] and can take weeks or even more. This doesn’t mean that there won't be ups and downs. Formally, he is still in serious but stable condition, with a slight improvement," Feldman said on Wednesday.

Peres, Israel's elder statesman, was an architect of a 1993 interim peace deal with the Palestinians known as the Oslo Accords, for which he won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize.

As a defense official in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Peres was also a founder of Israel's nuclear reactor in Dimona.