Hospital: Ariel Sharon's death "imminent"

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Published Sunday, January 5, 2014

Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon was on Sunday facing "imminent" death, the Tel Aviv hospital where he is in critical condition said.

"Our general assessment is there is no way to overcome this crisis ... I am perhaps more pessimistic than I was before," Zeev Rotstein, director of Tel Hashomer hospital, told reporters.

"I am more pessimistic than I was before... his vital functions, especially renal, haven't picked up," he added.

"I can't see the future, but there's not possible way out of this."

On Friday the hospital said there were traces of infection in Sharon's blood, and that it had not been possible for him to undergo renal dialysis since his other organs were in such a fragile state.

The long-time leader of the right-wing nationalist camp in Israeli politics, Sharon suffered a massive stroke on January 4, 2006, slipping into a coma from which he has never recovered.

(AFP, Reuters)


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