Hospital: Comatose former prime minister takes a turn for the worse

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Associated Press

Posted on January 1, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 1 at 5:33 PM

JERUSALEM (AP) — The hospital that's treating Ariel Sharon (ah-ree-EL' shah-ROHN') says the comatose former Israeli prime minister has taken a turn for the worse.

A hospital spokesman says Sharon's medical condition has "deteriorated in the past few days." He refused to elaborate.

Israel's Channel 10 TV reported that Sharon was suffering from kidney problems, and was in a life-threatening condition.

The 85-year-old has been in a coma since January 2006, when a stroke incapacitated him at the height of his political power. Since then, he has been in a vegetative state, connected to a respirator. His family has said that he sometimes opens his eyes and moves his fingers.

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APPHOTO XOB101: Security guards block the entrance to the ward where former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is hospitalized, in Tel Hashomer hospital near Tel Aviv, Israel. Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. The condition of the comatose former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has taken a turn for the worse, the hospital treating him said Wednesday. Sharon, 85, has been in a coma since 2006 when a devastating stroke incapacitated him at the height of his political power. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty) (1 Jan 2014)

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APPHOTO CAI102: FILE -- In this Sunday May 16, 2004 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon pauses during a news conference in his Jerusalem office regarding education reform. On Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 the condition of the comatose former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has taken a turn for the worse, the hospital treating him said Wednesday. Sharon, 85, has been in a coma since 2006 when a devastating stroke incapacitated him at the height of his political power. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File) (1 Jan 2014)

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