Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a massive, life-threatening stroke Wednesday and doctors are not optimistic for a recovery.
Sharon fell ill at his ranch Wednesday evening and was rushed to Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. Doctors began emergency surgery about midnight that lasted throughout the night. Doctors said Thursday morning the operation would last several more hours. Surgery apparently had been complicated by blood thinners he had been given following a mild stroke on Dec. 18, and the medication may also have contributed to Wednesday’s stroke.
Mor-Yosef said that after several hours of surgery, the bleeding had stopped but that Sharon was returned to the operating theater. “We are continuing with the same operation, and there are more areas that need to be treated,” Mor-Yosef said, without elaborating.
Mor-Yosef did not address Sharon’s prognosis, but neurosurgeons not involved in Sharon’s treatment said a full recovery was not likely following such a massive stroke. They said it usually takes at least a day after the surgery to determine the extent of any damage.The usual cast of idiots praised Allah for Sharon’s fate, but even his more astute enemies realized that without Sharon the prospects for a any kind of “final deal” for a Palestinian state appear much less likely.