Saturday, January 07, 2006

Prime Minister Sharon's Survival Prospects Good

Prime Minister Sharon's doctor says that the prospect of him surviving this latest stroke is very high. But, the doctor also says that his ability to think and reason have been damaged.

The 77 year old Sharon is still in a medically-induced coma, and
the doctors will decide on Sunday when to start lifting that coma. The swelling in his brain has gone down slightly and his vital signs stable, but he is still in critical condition.

Dr. Jose Cohen, one of Sharon's surgeons, told Channel 2 TV was quite optimistic about his survival. But, he also said that there is probably cognitive impairment. It would not be looking to reality to think there wouldn't be.

The comments reinforced a widespread assumption that Sharon will never return to power. Israelis from all walks of life have lamented Sharon's likely departure from the political scene. With his larger-than life persona and warrior credentials, he was seen as the man most capable of disentangling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Prime Minister Sharon was feeling weak Wednesday. While being rushed by ambulance to Hadassah, a blood vessel on the right side of his brain burst, causing massive cerebral hemorrhaging.

Sharon was probably sure to win a third term before his collapse. Now, it is doubtful that he will ever return to office.

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